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Class of 2022

It's time to celebrate! Get out your favorite noise makers and pom-poms. Graduation is upon us.

This month, 1,600 College of Humanities and Sciences students will cross the graduation stage — and while we are sad to have them go, we can't wait to see what they'll do next. Meet a few of our star students below and be inspired by the Class of 2022.

Steph Cull will continue their research and studies as a graduate student in the Health Psychology Ph.D. program in the College of Humanities and Sciences. (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Class of 2022: One conversation led to exciting research projects and ‘a new passion’

April 18, 2022

“I’m not sure that I’d even be the person I am today if I had not done this research. It changed my way of thinking,” said Steph Cull, who graduates in May.

Gabriel Thomas will graduate next month with a bachelor’s in mass communications with a concentration in broadcast journalism. (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Class of 2022: Gabriel Thomas is a TV journalist who’s passionate about serving the community

April 15, 2022

‘It's not just her natural curious nature and inquisitive spirit … it's that she truly wants to make a difference in the world.’

Akira Goden is president of the student organization Black Minds Matter, which is dedicated to improving mental health in the Black community. (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Class of 2022: Akira Goden is passionate about mental health in the Black community

March 30, 2022

A double major in African American studies and psychology, her dream is to combine those two fields as a therapist.

Kendall Gehring has wanted to be a forensic anthropologist since she was 14. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

Class of 2022: Kendall Gehring is driven to solve cold cases with forensic anthropology

April 22, 2022

“I’ve always loved puzzles,” says Gehring, who has had two internships with the FBI and has been a leader in VCU’s Department of Forensic Science.

Trevohn Robinson, a graduating senior majoring in chemistry and minoring in mathematics in the College of Humanities and Sciences, will enter the Ph.D. program in Analytical Chemistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, this fall. (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Class of 2022: Commuting hundreds of miles per week, Trevohn Robinson has the drive to succeed in chemistry

May 6, 2022

Graduating senior Robinson credits his mentors at VCU, his parents and his Honda Civic as he prepares for a doctoral degree and career as a chemist.

Samia Saleem, a psychology major, will be the student speaker on Saturday at VCU's spring commencement. (Photo by Kevin Morley, University Marketing.)

Class of 2022: Samia Saleem selected as VCU’s student speaker for commencement

May 9, 2022

Saleem plans to celebrate her classmates’ resilience and remind them that each new day is “an opportunity to try again.”

Jamie Zaleta, a VCU Forensic Science graduate student, holds a bullet casing in the VCU Police Department's firing range in November 2021. (Photo: Corey Byers, University Public Affairs)

Forensic science graduate student collaborates with VCU Police sergeant on bullet casing research

May 12, 2022

Jamie Zaleta needed cartridge casings for her thesis project examining fingerprint development, which is the use of chemicals to find unseen (latent) fingerprints on different surfaces.