Conference Hotel

Conference participants can reserve their hotel rooms at the Graduate Hotel in Richmond, VA through the secured CORPS hotel rate of $145 before taxes. We suggest reserving your Graduate King or Graduate Double room soon before the reserved block of rooms are fully booked. If you aren’t able to book your hotel at the Graduate, we recommend seeking a hotel within close proximity of the VCU campus. 

301 W. Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23220
$145.00 (taxes not included)
Contact: Jack Stinnett

The Graduate Hotel is within safe walking distance of the VCU campus and conference locations. (Bring your walking shoes!) Sadly, the hotel does not provide an in-town shuttle service. If you have physical challenges in which you require transportation, please contact the President, Courtney Harris, at by Monday, June 20th. To gauge the distance, click the ‘Walking Maps’ tab above. 

2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Event

The 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner. In celebration of their many achievements and contributions to the field, CORPS will host a pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres event at Can Can Brassiere on Wednesday, June 22nd from 5:45-7pm. All conference attendees are invited to attend. For those who will be joining us virtually, a link will be provided for participants to tune into the awards ceremony around 6pm. Feel free to have your celebratory cocktail ready to cheer our honorees!

For attendees joining the conference in-person, the restaurant is located in the Carytown neighborhood of Richmond, VA. Sadly, the Graduate Hotel does not provide shuttle transport, thus members will need to share Lyfts/Ubers/taxis, which is roughly a 7-9 minute drive both to and from the location. The CORPS leadership will help facilitate and organize small groups to leave from the Graduate Hotel lobby around 5:30pm, so that no one is left behind. (Participants are also encouraged to leave earlier to enjoy the many shops, bars, coffee houses, etc. in the neighborhood prior to the LAA event.) Please be aware that the costs of the transportation will be shared with those in your group. The individual in your group who arranges ridesharing transportation will need to be reimbursed, so it’s wise to have cash on hand. Additionally, participants are encouraged to remain in the Carytown neighborhood after the LAA celebrations to enjoy dinner with fellow attendees. There are a number of restaurants in the area to enjoy. And in support of LGBTQ businesses in Richmond, Babes of Carytown is near Can Can and a fun, accepting place to have a drink and get your dance moves on! If you’re lucky, you’ll catch beach volleyball on the back patio. 

The Graduate Hotel to Grace Street Theater (12-minute walk)

The Graduate Hotel to the Depot Annex Studio (11-minute walk)