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Message from the Dean

This weekend, we celebrate Juneteenth (also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day), which commemorates the declaration of freedom for enslaved African Americans in the United States. Last year was our first opportunity to celebrate Juneteenth as a university and health system community. We honored the past as leaders from the Elegba Folklore Society performed sacred rituals from African and African-American culture, such as the Libation Ceremony for the Ancestors. We were then treated to “A Musical Journey through African-American History” by Mr. James “Plunky” Branch and his contemporary jazz band.

Juneteenth and Reflections from the Past, Opportunities for a More Equitable Future

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White Coat Ceremony 2019

The Class of 2023's 184 students were welcomed to the MCV Campus with an orientation week that began with Roll Call and culminated in the White Coat Ceremony where they heard from keynote speaker Clifford L. Deal, M'00, H'05. Photo credit: Kevin Morley, VCU University Marketing

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