• Invented at VCU awards ceremony 2014

  • First day, fall 2014

    First day, fall 2014

    President Michael Rao, Ph.D., welcoming students for the first day of classes

  • Ram Camp 2014

    Ram Camp 2014

    President Michael Rao, Ph.D., with the 250 VCU students participating in Ram Camp, a weeklong leadership experience

  • Institute for Contemporary Art

    Institute for Contemporary Art

    President Michael Rao, Ph.D., at the ICA groundbreaking ceremony announcing the building's name, the Markel Center

  • Community Memorial Hospital

    Community Memorial Hospital

    VCU Medical Center and Community Memorial Hospital officials sign the affiliation agreement to join operations

  • Commencement May 2014

    Commencement May 2014

    President Michael Rao, Ph.D., congratulating a doctoral graduate upon receiving her degree

  • President Michael Rao, Ph.D., at the Academic Learning Commons

  • VCU Staff Senate's 2014 Marquita Aguilar Walk-A-Thon

  • School of Medicine students with President Michael Rao, Ph.D.

  • Reception honoring Provost Beverly J. Warren, Ed.D., Ph.D., FACSM, (pictured left)

  • Alumni Day at The Diamond

    Alumni Day at The Diamond

    President Michael Rao, Ph.D. (right), and head men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart (center) cheering on the Richmond Flying Squirrels

How we “Make it real”

  • 2nd February 2016

A few days ago, I had lunch with a group of remarkable entrepreneurs. These creative minds had started companies that engineer life-saving medical devices; grow and distribute healthier foods; create beautiful and original fashion; promote safe, effective and sustainable ride sharing; and more. These entrepreneurs were brilliant and passionate, and…

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Welcome back: A promising spring 2016

  • 18th January 2016
Welcome back: A promising spring 2016

Welcome back to what promises to be an extraordinary spring semester at Virginia Commonwealth University. There is much to look forward to in the coming weeks and months, including the grand opening of two significant and signature new facilities on our campuses, and the advanced planning of a third. I…

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Quest Innovation Fund: Awarding our bold thinkers and risk takers

  • 13th January 2016
Quest Innovation Fund: Awarding our bold thinkers and risk takers

We are pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Quest Innovation Fund, supporting 19 initiatives totaling up to $295,000 that will enhance the growth of VCU’s culture of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. The Quest Innovation Fund, begun in 2012, was recently expanded to three funding pools to support projects…

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2015: A memorable year at VCU

  • 16th December 2015
2015: A memorable year at VCU

As I look back on 2015, I marvel at what a wonderful year it was for Virginia Commonwealth University. This year, we welcomed two new members of senior leadership team, Provost Gail Hackett and Vice President for Health Sciences and CEO of VCU Health Marsha Rappley. We opened the new…

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Celebrating student success

  • 11th December 2015
Celebrating student success

Our mission as one of America’s premier research university is to prepare our students not only to succeed in the world, but to lead it. On Saturday, I will help confer the degrees of more than 2,300 new VCU graduates, one of my greatest privileges as president. These VCU degrees…

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