High School graduations at Seigel Center will result in traffic and countless selfies

Graduations start today and don’t wrap up until June 18th, plan your driving accordingly.

From VCU Police:

The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department expects an increase in traffic near VCU’s Monroe Park Campus and around the Stuart C. Siegel Center during high school graduation ceremonies starting Tuesday, June 7. Twenty-seven high schools from Richmond and Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and New Kent counties and a technical school will host ceremonies at the Siegel Center between June 7 and June 18.

Graduating students and their guests are advised to arrive early at the Siegel Center. Attendance for the ceremonies is expected to range from 2,500 to more than 6,000. In anticipation of these events, VCU Police, VCU Parking and Transportation, the City of Richmond Transportation Engineering Division and the Richmond Police Department have established a regional traffic plan and have added staffing.

Law enforcement officers will be directing traffic around the Siegel Center before and after each graduation. Guests with mobility impairment can be dropped off in front of the Siegel Center on Broad Street, near the intersection of Broad and North Harrison streets.

“Our goal is to keep drivers and pedestrians moving as quickly and safely as possible through the area,” said VCU Police Capt. Sean Ingram. “Drivers in Richmond may want to consider alternate routes to avoid heavy traffic before and after the ceremonies. We appreciate the public’s patience during one of the busiest times of year at the Siegel Center.”

Attendees with blue or red parking passes, issued by area schools, can park in either the West Broad Street Parking Deck at 1111 W. Broad St. or at the Bowe Street Parking Deck at 601 Bowe St. The Siegel Center is located at 1200 W. Broad St.

2016 Siegel Center Graduation Schedule
(Doors open one hour prior to the start of each ceremony.)


Tuesday, June 7

  • 3 p.m., St. Gertrude High School

Thursday, June 9

  • 10 a.m., Thomas Dale High School
  • 2:30 p.m., Clover Hill High School
  • 7 p.m., Monacan High School

Friday, June 10

  • 10 a.m., Cosby High School
  • 2:30 p.m., Manchester High School
  • 7 p.m., Matoaca High School

Saturday, June 11

  • 10 a.m., James River High School
  • 2 p.m., Midlothian High School

Monday, June 13

  • 10 a.m., Meadowbrook High School
  • 2:30 p.m., L.C. Bird High School
  • 7 p.m., Carver College and Career Academy

Tuesday, June 14

  • 11 a.m., Henrico High School
  • 3 p.m., Highland Springs High School
  • 7 p.m., Glen Allen High School

Wednesday, June 15

  • 11 a.m., Hermitage High School
  • 3 p.m., J.R. Tucker High School
  • 7 p.m., Deep Run High School

Thursday, June 16

  • 11 a.m., Varina High School
  • 3 p.m., Douglas S. Freeman High School
  • 7 p.m., Mills E. Godwin High School

Friday, June 17

  • 1 p.m., ECPI
  • 7 p.m., New Kent High School

Saturday, June 18

  • 8:30 a.m., Hanover High School
  • Noon, Patrick Henry High School
  • 3:30 p.m., Atlee High School
  • 7 p.m., Lee-Davis High School
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Richard Hayes

When Richard isn’t rounding up neighborhood news, he’s likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest craft beer.

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