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Oh Happy Day! Graduation 2021

The College of Humanities and Sciences celebrated May 2021 grads.

three happy v.c.u. graduates dressed in regalia at a commencement ceremony

a happy v.c.u. graduate dressed in regalia clapping at a commencement ceremony

a happy v.c.u. graduate dressed in regalia at a commencement ceremony

a graduation mortarboard from a v.c.u. commencement ceremony that says 'science is like magic, but real'

a happy v.c.u. graduate dressed in regalia at a commencement ceremony

On Saturday, May 15, 2021, the College of Humanities and Sciences gathered together (in-person!) for the first time in over a year to celebrate our graduates. Due to the size of the College, departments/schools were divided among three ceremonies and the ceremonies were staggered throughout the day. The celebrations took place at Cary Street Athletic Field and all participants followed COVID-19 safety protocols.

Joining our graduates, were three alum speakers: Denise Walters, Ph.D. (BS ’85/H&S, PhD ’91/Pharm), scientist and strategy and development leader at GSK Consumer Healthcare; Anh Bao Nguyen Zarndt, Ph.D. (PhD ’11/H&S), lead science policy analyst at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; and Jesse Vaughan (BS ’80/H&S), Emmy- award winning broadcast journalist, producer and director.

During the ceremonies, Dean Jennifer Malat, Ph.D., spoke to the graduates about the insights gained from this global pandemic. “We learned just how resilient we are. That when it comes to stretching and outlasting, we can do it. It is your resilience that brought you to this moment right now. You have done the work. You have put in the time, you have made the effort. And this resilience will stay with you long after this moment in history. You should all feel very proud.”

View a gallery of graduation photos on Facebook.

denise walters dressed in graduation regalia speaking at a podium during a commencement ceremony at v.c.u.

Anh Bao Nguyen Zarndt dressed in graduation regalia speaking at a podium

jesse vaughan dressed in graduation regalia speaking at a podium during a commencement ceremony at v.c.u.

v.c.u. graduates at an outdoor commencement ceremony

two happy v.c.u. graduates with their families at a commencement ceremony