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As a member of the class of 2020, you will soon qualify as a University of Richmond new grad! Welcome to the Alumni Association. You now have access to benefits such as Career Services for life, the online alumni directory, and a free year-long membership at the Wellness Center. There are some resources to get you started as a new grad below!

A Message from the URAA President to our New Grads

Dear 2020 Grad,

On behalf of more than 50,000 Spider alumni, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the University of Richmond Alumni Association.

I want to begin by sharing how sorry I am that these unimaginable circumstances forced such a dramatic change to the typical ending to your senior year. I wish that you could have been together with your friends and with the professors who were such a part of your journey.

It is equally disappointing that your graduation milestone could not have been celebrated with Commencement exercises this past Spring. However, we hope you still feel a great sense of accomplishment - perhaps even more so, because of the resiliency, grace, and compassion that each of you displayed as you navigated such difficult circumstances. We are so honored to have you join our ranks.

It seems as the years since my graduation grow in number, my connection to the University of Richmond has only deepened. I have found this involvement incredibly rewarding.

As a new graduate, we hope you too will get involved. Whether it’s attending events (virtually, for now), sharing your professional experiences, volunteering your time, giving back, recommending UR to prospective students, or following us on social media - there are countless opportunities to engage as alumni. Please also know the web of alumni are here to support you as you continue to face uncharted waters.

I hope to connect with you soon!

David A. Lyons, B’87
President, University of Richmond Alumni Association

Class of 2020 Surveys

Senior Exit Survey: Please tell us about your experiences at UR by completing our Senior Exit Survey. To thank you for your participation, when you complete this survey by May 1, you will be entered into a random drawing to win one of two $250 gift cards to  Your responses will be used to improve UR and the overall undergraduate experience.  If you have any questions about this survey, please contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at

Complete the survey here.  

First Destination Survey: Class of 2020, we are proud of you and love to hear about your post-UR adventures! Please keep us updated on your post-graduate plans by completing the First Destination Survey. Collecting this outcomes data helps us better serve you and those who will follow you in the years ahead. 

You can respond to this short survey here.

If you are searching for a job and would like assistance with your career strategy, please contact Career Services at (804) 289-8547 or You can schedule a career advising appointment through SpiderConnect. We have Skype and phone appointments for alumni who are not local. Alumni have the benefit of free Career Services for life! 

Five Things Every New Graduate Should Do

As a Richmond graduate, your lifelong relationship with the University is just beginning. Here are five ways to stay engaged.

1. Embrace the Spider Network

As a University of Richmond graduate, there are a number of events designed specifically for you, during Homecoming and in almost 50 regional groups where fellow alumni are eager to welcome you into the Spider network. And of course we hope you'll still cheer on Spider athletic teams when they play on campus or around the country!

2. Keep Us Updated

While on the move, don’t forget to update your directory information in UR Online and be sure to let us know your plans via the First Destination survey.  Also, send along your life updates for inclusion in the University of Richmond Magazine's Class Notes, which will now hit your mailbox three times each year. Photos are encouraged!

3. Use Career Services

You have lifelong access to Career Services resources and advisors, who can assist as you're looking for employment or working through graduate school applications. Whether you’re starting your career or looking to offer opportunities to current students through the Hire Spiders initiative, Alumni and Career Services and SpiderConnect are here to help – for life.

4. Use Campus Resources

As a Spider graduate, you are eligible for a free one-year membership to the Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness the year after graduation.  After that, you’ll still enjoy reduced rates for membership at the rec center and for classes offered by the University’s School for Professional and Continuing Studies. Whether learning to cook gourmet meals or learning history and languages, you'll be able to take advantage of Boatwright Library's borrowing privileges for alumni. And if you’re applying for graduate studies, the Registrar’s Office will help you by providing up to 80 copies of your transcript.

5. Give Back

Your time, talent, and treasure matter greatly for ensuring that future generations of Spiders continue to have the same experiences you had at Richmond. Consider supporting your favorite departments or initiatives through annual giving, or volunteering with the University.

Welcome to the City

Welcome to the City events take place in August and September each year in our most populous cities for new grads, based on the First Destination Survey issued prior to graduation. These events are meant to introduce new grads to fellow alumni living in their cities, and help new grads find their footing in their post-graduate locales. Want to know what your fellow Spiders recommend you eat, see, and do in your new city? View our Welcome to the City guides here.

Check out this year's virtual Welcome to the City line up here

Red Spider Society

The Red Spider Society is a group of recent graduates who are selected in their senior year to serve as class representatives upon graduating. Look to the Red Spiders in your region for information about upcoming new grad events and initiatives. View a current list of Red Spider Society members below.

Class of 2016

Thomas Arena

Bishan Bhattarai

Michelle Cleveland

Trey Davis

Mia Diefenderfer

Emily Dietrick

Olivia Dulmage

Selena Garcia-DuBar

Luke Hatton

Lauren Joyce

Olivia Karahan

Moira Lachance

Margaret Legerton

Nicole Marzziotti

Brittany McDermott

Jordan Nguyen

Jules Pichette

Kate Powers

Austin Shepherd

Hira Siddiqui

Angelo Suggs

Andrew Weisbrodt

Marissa West

Class of 2017

Alexandra Abreu

Walid Alatas

Amy Alexander

Ken Anderson

Noelle Anna

Tyler Britt

Lexie Brown

Faizan Chaudhry

Kim D'Agostini

Chelsey Davidson

Matt Davison

Elaine Digges

Erin Dunstan

Taylor Fish

Pete Foster

Ryan Foster

Ali Grogan

David Guettlein

Megan Healy

Andrew Kimball

Amy Littleson

Ivana Marshall

Miriam McBride

Ryan McEvoy

Alena McGonigle

Evan McKay

Maggie Moroney

Liz Nigro

Julia Rivara

Caity Ruzika

Bergen Schoenfeld

Sama Yaish

Class of 2018

Dagny Barone

Annie Barrett

Megan Barsella

Grace Collins

Benjamin Cook

Brennan Davis

Elsa Maria Diaz

Connor Flanagan

Delaney Flinn

Devon Flinn

Cady Hoffman

Tianni Ivey

Matthew Isenburg

Michael Keating

Erin Kneeley

Zoe Kolberg-Shuler

Margaret Latimer

Virginia Myers

Madison Nguyen

Micaela Parson

Haley Preschutti

Melisa Quiroga-Herrera

Lauren Ramos

Sarah Raymond

Alexa Rennie

Marisa Ruskan

Catharine Sciolla

Karleigh Wike

Connor Willmott

Class of 2019

Colby Alvino

Claire Billeter

Susie Black

Amanda Brady

Cherelle Cotton

Mackenzie Cox

Brian Goertemoeller

Kaitlyn Goodfellow

Lilah Henry

Cole Hurford

Jamie Katz

Libby King

Jackson Krase

Najwa Labban

Anna Lowenthal

Laura Maderia

Megan McNitt

Lucy Nalen

Jackie Phillips

Nicole Piercy

Duncan Rogers

Justin Rubin

Meghan Scharnagl

Cory Schutter

Sapir Shoshan

Kathleen Skelly

Page Soper

Monica Stack

Madison Sweitzer

Chase Williams

Realworld Playbook

Realworld is a personalized platform helping 20-somethings navigate life after college. Free for all members of the Class of 2020, their step-by-step playbooks offer logic-based, in-the-moment guidance for decisions like enrolling in health insurance, completing a tax form, repaying student loans, and more. Redeem your free, one-year membership today using code URICHMOND2020. Register here.