• 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

VP health sciences and VCUHS CEO transition plan

  • 16th December 2014
VP health sciences and VCUHS CEO transition plan

Since the announcement of Dr. Sheldon Retchin’s move to The Ohio State University, I have actively engaged colleagues and leadership across the university, in particular the health sciences schools, as well as the VCU Health System in developing the most effective transition plan. In establishing this plan, I have focused…

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Happy holidays

  • 15th December 2014
Happy holidays

Another year goes by, and looking back to see where the time went, I realize that it does not pass in weeks and months, classes and lectures, meetings and seminars. It is shared in random acts of kindness. A friendly gesture. An inspiring word. A helping hand. Little things that…

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Our graduates inspire us

  • 13th December 2014
Our graduates inspire us

Today is one of the greatest days in the life of our university and our people: the day on which we honor our graduating students. This semester, more than 2,500 students will earn their degrees from VCU, and I could not be prouder of every one of them. They are…

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Every moment matters

  • 11th December 2014
Every moment matters

When we created our Quest for Distinction strategic plan in 2011, we stated emphatically that Virginia Commonwealth University would become a nationally known premier urban, public research university. We are midway on this six-year journey. We have stayed course on our Quest together, as one university, focused on the successes…

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VCU community and national challenges around race and diversity

  • 11th December 2014
VCU community and national challenges around race and diversity

Recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland and elsewhere remind us that diversity and race relations continue to be critically important issues within our national context. What we have witnessed around the nation in recent weeks is deeply troubling. At Virginia Commonwealth University, we have very clearly and repeatedly reaffirmed…

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