Olivia Blackstone, Oscar Kemp and Yathzelly Ortega are just three of thousands of VCU undergraduates who earned their degrees this month.

In their words: Crossing the finish line

May 19, 2023

In a series of short videos, three new VCU graduates capture their thoughts and emotions in the weeks leading up to commencement.

Nonso Akunwafor and Vishnu Alavala will be fellows in the Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes this year. (Contributed photo)

Two VCU students selected as fellows for Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes

May 17, 2023

Nonso Akunwafor, a freshman studying urban and regional studies, and Vishnu Alavala, a freshman studying biology, will go abroad this summer as part of the program.

10 projects awarded funding from the VCU Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Fund

May 16, 2023

The fund awarded nearly $100,000 this year to faculty for research projects related to the arts, humanities and social sciences.

VCU’s May commencement ceremony, which was held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, honored the university’s approximately 4,700  new graduates. (Kevin Morley, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Mo Alie-Cox shares the value of hard work and belief in yourself at VCU’s commencement

May 13, 2023

“The satisfaction and happiness that you get from knowing you put the work in to achieve something and it actually happens is second to none,” Alie-Cox told graduates.

Christine Singleton, an avid reader, is part of the English department’s Distinguished Major Program. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Class of 2023: After allowing herself time to grieve, Christine Singleton returns to school and resumes her love of literature and learning

May 11, 2023

Singleton, an English major, has thrived at VCU, where she has found her voice again.

For her Ph.D. in Media, Art, and Text dissertation at VCU, Allison Bennett Dyche, Ph.D., who graduates this month, focused on the lessons she learned in creating an Audio Storytelling & Podcasting course for college students - and how courses like hers would be a beneficial part of the curriculum for mass communication students nationwide. (Samuel Cooke, The Appalachian photographer, Appalachian State University)

Class of 2023: Allison Bennett Dyche found few resources on how to teach podcasting to college students. So she created her own.

May 11, 2023

Dyche, who is earning a Ph.D. in Media, Art and Text, is “at the forefront of a growing conversation about how universities can help prepare students for careers in this growing industry,” her dissertation director says.

Jonathan Tatman, a biology major and safety ambassador, joined the Powerlifting Club at VCU as a junior. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Class of 2023: Jonathan Tatman, a safety ambassador, combines his interests in powerlifting and science

May 10, 2023

Tatman, who is a biology major, has won four statewide powerlifting competitions.

Ishaan Nandwani, pictured at the Plaza de España in Seville, Spain, has been mesmerized by the architecture and “authentic beauty” of Seville during his spring studying there. (Photo by Victoria Bee, @?victoriabeephoto on Instagram)

Class of 2023: With an expanding world view, Ishaan Nandwani sees medicine as service

May 8, 2023

VCU Honors College senior, with degrees in biology and Spanish, looks to blend patient and community care.

Micah White has participated in The Warmth, a reading and writing intensive named for “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson, every summer since he transferred into VCU. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Class of 2023: Psychology major and rising Ph.D. student Micah White sets his mind on healing and community

May 5, 2023

His path to VCU was framed by Mellon programs that support transfer students and research, and his path forward reflects a longtime commitment to helping others.

Students in the Curating Exhibitions graduate seminar, Nana Ferdnance (left) and Jenah Creecy (right), discuss objects during the set up of the art exhibition, “(Kin)dred Ties,” featuring MFA students' work. Seminar students Mary McLean and Kathryn Long are seen in the background. (Allen Jones, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Students curate fellow students’ work in new VCUarts exhibition

May 5, 2023

The exhibition offers history and museum studies graduate students some hands-on experience in spotlighting the work of their studio-based peers.