Virginia Union University Celebrates 2023 Graduates at 124th Commencement Ceremony

May 12, 2023

[RICHMOND, VA – May 12, 2023] -- Virginia Union University (VUU) will hold its 124th Commencement Ceremony tomorrow, May 13, at 10 AM on Hovey Field. Individual school ceremonies will take place at 1pm and 3pm. The Honorable Lamont Bagby, Senator of Virginia’s 9th District, will deliver the commencement speech.    

Senator Lamont Bagby currently serves Virginia’s 9th District and is the chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University and Master of Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.  

Prior to his current senatorial term, Bagby was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates where he served for 8 years. Before serving as delegate of Virginia’s 74th District, he was a member of the Henrico County School Board and the Norfolk State University Board of Visitors. Senator Bagby is committed to breaking cycles of poverty by providing quality healthcare, inclusionary affordable housing, justice reform, and educational equity. 

During this year’s commencement activities, Senator Bagby will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. 

The university will also award honorary degrees to the following leaders: 

Dr. John W. Kinney, retired Dean of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at VUU and Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Beaverdam, VA. will receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. 

Mr. Tracy V. Maitland, President and Chief Investment Officer of Advent Capital Management, LLC., a multi-billion-dollar asset management company, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrree.  

Bishop Adam J. Richardson Jr., Senior Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, will be the 2023 Baccalaureate ceremony speaker. The ceremony will take place this evening at 6 PM in the Allix B. James Chapel of Coburn Hall.

For more information about 2023 Spring Commencement and to see locations for individual school celebrations, visit the university’s website.