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10 under 10 Feature

10 Under 10

Meet 10 recent graduates who are taking small businesses to new heights, conducting innovative research and making a difference in their communities.

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A person standing among the library stacks, holding an open book Feature

Common Book

Started in 2006, VCU’s Common Book Program creates a shared reading experience for the campus community and welcomes students into the university’s intellectual culture.

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Abby Paras Abby Paras Feature

Candid campus

After 18 quiet months, VCU’s campus burst to life as students took part in an annual tradition and reflected on what they missed most and what they’re most excited for this year.

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Jason Hendricks (left), Laila Hendricks and Charles Allen Legacy family

All in the family

VCU was the only school that art major Laila Hendricks wanted to attend, and this fall, she joined VCU’s campus, following in the footsteps of her father, aunt and grandfather.

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Reuban Rodriguez, Ed.D. on VCU's Compass Faculty profile

Big man on campus

Reuban Rodriguez, Ed.D., associate vice provost and dean of students, walks miles of VCU’s urban campus every week to connect with students where they are.

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Colleagues Sankalp Puri, M.D., FACEP (left), and Josh Loyd, M.D. Alumni support

The spirit of helping others

Joshua Loyd, M.D. (M.D.’14/M; H.S.’17/M), who received scholarships during his time at the VCU School of Medicine, prioritizes giving back to support students and residents.

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Jessica Diaz (B.A.’18/H&S; B.A.’18/H&S; M.T.’18/E) Alumni profile

Support system

Richmond school teacher Jessica Diaz (B.A.’18/H&S; B.A.’18/H&S; M.T.’18/E) builds community by supporting students and advocating for colleagues.

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School of Medicine alumna Brandee Branche giving her spring 2021 Commencement speech (Photo Kevin Morley, University Marketing) Alumni profile

A powerful message

Brandee Branche, M.D. (M.D.’21/M) stepped up to the mic at VCU’s May 2021 Commencement to tell her fellow grads, “Go forth and make a difference in this world.”

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Students speaking in a group outside Presidential perspective

Many reasons to be proud

From a return to campus to amazing recent graduates, resilience describes the VCU community during the pandemic as we work to make our world a better place.

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