President’s Posts

Michael Rao, Ph.D.

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The 50th anniversary of Title IX

Today we mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX legislation, signed by President Richard Nixon June 23, 1972. That law changed the face of civil rights in public education, and has created opportunities, greater equality, and protections against discrimination for millions of American students. Because of Title IX, opportunities never imagined became […]

Budget Update and What is Next

Dear VCU and VCUHS Community, On May 13, the VCU Board of Visitors unanimously approved a three-percent tuition increase for the upcoming academic year. This is our first undergraduate tuition increase in three years, a remarkable testament to our goal of keeping VCU affordable and accessible. The board also voted unanimously to increase mandatory student […]

Congratulations, VCU Class of 2022

VCU celebrated the Class of 2022 this weekend. It’s an honor to welcome over 5,000 new members to the VCU Alumni family. Below, is my speech to VCU Class of 2022. GO RAMS! Good morning! It’s a great honor to join all of you – our graduates and your happy families–along with our Board of Visitors, […]

Statement on Ukraine

The news from Ukraine grows more heartbreaking every day. People who two weeks ago went about their daily routines are now torn from their homes, separated from loved ones, fleeing for their lives.  For those of us fortunate to have never experienced war – especially a war in our own land – it’s difficult to […]

Shake it Up: VCU State of the University 2022

WOW! What a great way to start our morning. We have so many impactful stories to tell at VCU! Thank you for being here in person and virtually. Throughout the pandemic, there’s been one constant: your dedication and compassion to help those who need us most. At VCU, students and patients are at the center […]

VCU 2021 Annual Report

To the VCU Community, I am writing to say, THANK YOU. This pandemic has shown us we can innovate and break the mold of higher education’s centuries-old system. And, you continue to prove that Virginia Commonwealth University is a community that quickly and successfully adapts and responds to the unforeseen, fulfilling in exceptional ways our […]

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