With finals wrapping up and students preparing for the summer, join USC&A in taking a look back on the Spring 2017 semester.
The Spring 2017 semester started off with MLK Celebration Week, an annual event that was established at VCU four years ago. MLK Celebration Week celebrates and honors Martin Luther King Jr. through a multitude of events and programs that highlight his contributions, leadership and spirit of service and dedication to nonviolence and justice. This year, the varied activities, held Jan. 16-22, included a silent candlelight vigil, a birthday celebration, a day of community service, keynote speaker Marc Lamont Hill and more.
RamTHON is a student-run initiative that holds an event every year to raise funds to support the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. A 12-hour dance marathon, held this year on Saturday, Feb. 18, consisted of students and participants staying on their feet by dancing, playing games and spending time with the Miracle Families, raising $21,694.55 in the process. See photos here.
TEDX at VCU, a student-led organization, held its third annual conference on Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Grace Street Theater. These conferences are open to members of VCU and the greater Richmond community and focus on a specific theme or topic. This year, the focus of the conference was on the theme of Patterns. The conference was broken up into three sessions, with four speakers presenting during each session. This was the first conference that featured speakers that were not from VCU.
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) at VCU is a unique way for students to spend their spring break. For one week, students have the opportunity to volunteer their time and engage in different communities away from Richmond. For spring break 2017, site locations varied from as near as neighboring states to as far as a neighboring country; this year’s sites included: Kissimmee, Fla., Atlanta, Ga., Savannah, Ga., New Orleans, La., Middlebrook, Miss., Black Mountain, N.C., New York City, N.Y., Philadelphia, Pa., Providence, R.I., Memphis, Tenn. and Midland, Ontario, Canada.
VCU held it’s second annual Spirit Week this year from Friday, April 7 to Friday, April 14. Managed by the Activities Programming Board (APB), Ram Spirit Week is meant to serve as the spring semester complement for VCU Homecoming Week, which occurs during the fall semester. This year, Spirit Week was full of fun and exciting spirit-themed activities to celebrate VCU’s vibrant community. Events ranged from happy hours, carnivals and a movie night. See photos here.
This year marked the 100th anniversary of the Richmond Professional Institute (RPI). A special event was held on Friday, April 7 that included the unveiling of two murals to RPI alumni and guests that featured memories and facts from RPI’s history. The celebration concluded with a ribbon cutting in front of the murals, which can be found on the first floor of University Student Commons across from room 104. See photos here.
VCU held two award ceremonies this year to recognize some of VCU’s most accomplished students and organizations. On Thursday, April 13, the Leadership & Service Awards were held to celebrate their strong leadership and service. See photographs from the Leadership & Service Awards here. On Tuesday, April 27, the Student Organization Awards, hosted by VCU Student Government Association, honored the contributions and accomplishments of student organizations. See photographs from the Student Organization Awards here.
VCU offered three unique graduation ceremonies this year, Lavender Graduation, VCU Latinx Ceremony and Donning of the Kente Ceremony. Lavender Graduation was held on Friday, April 28 and celebrates the achievements of graduating LGBTQIA+ students and their allies. Participants receive cords during the ceremony. See photographs from Lavender Graduation here. The VCU Latinx Ceremony and the Donning of the Kente Ceremony were held on Thursday, May 11. The VCU Latinx Ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of Hispanic and Latinx students and the Donning of the Kente Ceremony celebrates the achievements of black students. Participants of these graduations receive stoles.
USC&A wishes all members of the VCU community an amazing summer! Be sure to check back as new content will be released throughout the summer.