RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — This weekend, two Central Virginia universities held December commencement ceremonies, where over 2,000 students received their undergraduate and graduate degrees.

At Virginia Commonwealth University, approximately 2,450 graduates received their degrees on Saturday, Dec.10, at the Siegel Center, located at 1200 W. Broad Street.

The graduation speaker was former Ram Rabia Kamara, the owner of Ruby Scoops in North Richmond, who offered her own words of wisdom to the graduates.

“Some here may know what the next step is for a fact. Perhaps others may not be sure at all, but guess what? You are exactly where you are supposed to be in this life,” Kamara said. “I implore you to relish this moment of success and happiness at commencement and not feel rushed or pressured to usher in the next one. You should be prouder than proud of yourselves.”

The ceremony was also streamed online.

Rams were not the only Virginia students that graduated on Saturday. In Petersburg, Virginia State University also held its fall semester commencement. Nearly 300 undergraduate and graduate Trojans received their degrees in the ceremony.

The regional president of Truist Financial, Thomas Ransom, was the keynote speaker.

Graduation was held at the VSU Multipurpose Center, located at 20809 2nd Avenue in Petersburg.