• 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.

  • VCU Invents reception

    Invented at VCU reception

    Internal medicine professor Steven Grant, M.D. (left), and 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

Title IX training

  • 12th September 2014
Title IX training

Nationwide, college students report sexual assault, harassment, domestic-dating violence and stalking incidents. Rightly so, federal laws and regulatory guidance have increased a focus on these campus and societal issues, aiming to reduce these incidents by increasing education, transparency and accountability at colleges and universities. Since Virginia Commonwealth University is committed…

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A focus on student debt

  • 4th September 2014
A focus on student debt

Across the nation, public universities such as VCU face more competition for fewer resources. Though The Great Recession has officially ended, 48 states are still spending less per student on public higher education than they did before the recession began in 2008. Only 10 states increased funding for higher education…

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Challenge accepted

  • 27th August 2014
Challenge accepted

For the past few weeks, many people across the nation have worked hard to raise awareness about the effects of ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. As part of this effort, we have all seen the “Ice…

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Welcome back

  • 20th August 2014
Welcome back

Welcome to what promises to be a magnificent year at Virginia Commonwealth University. In fact, I believe there has never been a better time to be at VCU. Our community is composed of nationally competitive students and internationally renowned faculty who continue to elevate the VCU name around the world….

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A truly international research university

  • 5th August 2014
A truly international research university

A few weeks ago, I had the profound honor of representing Virginia Commonwealth University in China, a trip focused on creating and strengthening strategic partnerships with the leading universities in the world’s most populated nation. VCU has several important partners around the globe, including notably at Fudan University in Shanghai,…

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