From the provost

In this brief update we will recognize our colleagues who achieved promotion and/or tenure in 2019, preview our fall commencement ceremony, and highlight the university’s commitment to expressive activity.

I also want to extend my thanks to each of you. Thank you for your teaching, scholarship and service; for your collegiality and interdisciplinary pursuits; for your amazing dedication to our students; and for your commitment to the university community. VCU faculty are the heart of this university. You are the key to our students’ success; you hold the answers to what matters most in our society; and you are the steady force that is vital to solving the world’s problems.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy winter break.

Gail Hackett
Provost and senior vice president for academic affairs

2019 Promotion and Tenure Ceremony

VCU celebrated more than 180 faculty members who were awarded promotion and/or tenure in 2019 at a ceremony on Oct. 10. 
See faculty members honored in the event program

Fall commencement ceremony

Featured speaker: David Baldacci, VCU alumnus and bestselling author

VCU’s fall commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Siegel Center. Your participation in commencement is an important part of this special occasion as we celebrate our students and their families and friends. Details on the faculty processional and arrival times are in the RSVP link below.

Our featured speaker will be bestselling author David Baldacci, who received a bachelor’s degree in political science from VCU in 1983.

RSVP to attend commencement on Dec. 14

Expressive activity at VCU

VCU is a diverse community with a host of differing viewpoints reflecting each of our personal lenses through which we see, and experience, the world.  This diversity of viewpoint and opinion is a tremendous asset to our community. The university is committed to fostering a climate that encourages civil and spirited discourse through classes, events, and the public forum.

VCU is also obligated, as a public university, to ensure a strong commitment to the First Amendment and Virginia law. The First Amendment prohibits prior restraint on speech and taking adverse action against individuals or groups, whether affiliated with the university or not, based on the viewpoints of that speech. Expressive activities, no matter how graphic, appalling, or insensitive they may be to others, are protected speech at a public institution of higher education such as VCU. This freedom of speech also encompasses the rights of those who present a differing viewpoint.

VCU's Reservation and Use of Space policy clarifies how expressive activities occur at VCU. Thank you for your support of expressive activity on our campus and your willingness to engage in productive civil discourse with others.

Visit VCU's Free Speech website

Important dates

  • Dec. 14: Commencement
  • Jan. 30, 2020: State of the University (11 a.m. at Cabell Library)