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Care for yourself and others

Dear Students, Our community has experienced profound tragedies with the recent deaths of Adam Oakes and Cody Woodson. It is hard for all of us to mentally and emotionally process these losses. Tragedies produce an array of emotions, already heightened by the anticipated stress and anxiety of the semester drawing to a close. Although these […]

Message to Campus Community Regarding the Death of Cody Woodson

VCU’s Division of Student Affairs joins President Rao, Provost Hackett and the entire VCU community in extending our sincerest condolences to Cody Woodson’s family, friends and all who knew him, during this difficult time. Cody Woodson, 20, a Computer Science major in the College of Engineering and student from Buckingham, Va., was shot and killed […]

Spring 2021 Commencement Reminders

Dear Graduates:  As previously announced, the universitywide virtual commencement will take place on Saturday, May 15, 2021. The celebrations will begin at 9 a.m. EST with a Zoom pre-party for students, and feature video clips and photos from graduates to commemorate their accomplishments, as well as traditional ceremony elements to celebrate the occasion of their […]

COVID-19 asymptomatic exit testing

Dear Students: Now is the time to plan for your optional COVID-19 exit test. VCU will offer a limited number of tests to all students at no cost to the student. Exit testing offers you the opportunity to test for COVID-19 as you prepare to leave campus for the spring semester. Students who plan to […]

Universitywide virtual commencement and application for student speaker

Dear graduating students, During this past academic year, your flexibility, resilience and commitment to academic success has been commendable. We want to recognize this momentous occasion and celebrate your achievements. VCU will host a universitywide virtual commencement on May 15 while also holding multiple in-person graduation ceremonies at the department, school and college levels. We are going […]

Update on VCU Fraternity and Sorority Life Independent Review

Dear VCU students, faculty and staff, This is an update about the independent review of fraternity and sorority life following the death of freshman Adam Oakes on Feb. 27 at an off-campus residence. Richmond Police continue to investigate the cause of his death, with assistance from VCU Police. VCU urges anyone who has information to […]

Spring semester reminders

Dear students: I hope that your semester is going well as we near the halfway point. It was heartening to see so many students enjoying the bursts of nice weather over the past two weeks. I hope that you continue to enjoy the outdoor opportunities that the university and Richmond have to offer. It is […]

Student COVID-19 vaccination information update

Dear students, Welcome to those of you returning to campus for the first time since fall semester. I am glad that a review of COVID-19 data and trends on campus and in the community by the VCU Public Health Response Team supports the decision to allow classes to return to their planned modality at this […]

VCU Launches Independent Review of Greek Life

Dear VCU students, faculty and staff, On behalf of all of VCU, we continue to mourn the death of Adam Oakes, a freshman who had a promising future ahead of him. Like our community, we fervently want to understand what happened. VCU is working closely with the Richmond Police Department, which is leading the investigation […]

Information about 2021 Commencement

Dear graduates,  Thank you for your patience as VCU continues to evaluate the safest way to celebrate your tremendous accomplishments and the resilience of the Class of 2021. You have displayed an amazing commitment to innovation and excellence during these unprecedented times.  Taking into consideration the desires of our students and the safety of our […]

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