President’s Posts

Michael Rao, Ph.D.

Category results for: Commencement

Fall 2020 Commencement Update

Dear VCU Class of 2020, At the close of every semester at VCU, we highlight, celebrate, and honor our newest graduates. This year is no exception. Commencement is a time that we all truly love. We are proud of all of you and look forward to what’s to come for you.  As we continue to face […]

The intrinsic power of asking “what if…”

It’s great to be with you in Doha and to bring greetings from your colleagues and classmates in Richmond and your VCU Family around the world. Ramadan Mubarak. May this month be blessed for all of us. Congratulations to our Class of 2019. You join almost 200,000 VCU alumni, including nearly 700 alumni of VCUArts Qatar living and creating around the world.

Congratulations to VCU Class of 2018

Nearly 4,700 professional, graduate and undergraduate degrees were awarded to more than 4,300 graduates. It was an honor to celebrate such a momentous event with new alumni, their families, friends and loved ones. The VCU community is magnificent. Below, is the address I delivered to those gathered.   To this year’s graduates, families and loved […]

Celebrating VCU Class of 2017

Today, 2,900 students will become alumni of Virginia Commonwealth University. It is an honor to gather with colleagues, family and loved ones to celebrate years of hard work and dedication to academic excellence accomplished by our graduates. Graduates have earned a degree from a major national research university dedicated to collaboration across disciplines, innovation and […]

Celebrating our remarkable graduates

Today, we celebrate the graduation of more than 2,200 people from Virginia Commonwealth University. It is truly a great day for our newly minted alumni, their family and friends. I couldn’t be more proud or encouraged by them — they are brilliant, engaged, and diverse — and the world is great need of them. As […]

Graduating our newest leaders

This weekend, more than 4,700 students will become Virginia Commonwealth University’s newest alumni. This diverse group of students — graduating from one of America’s premier public research universities — is well-prepared for the journey on which they are about to embark. My faculty colleagues have shaped, mentored and prepared the Class of 2016 to do […]

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