Congratulations, Graduates!

The Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture invites you to view the live stream of their in-person graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 15 at 6:00 p.m.

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Remarks from
Undergraduate Student
Ben Malakoff

Remarks from
Linnie Carter, Ph.D.
Advisory Board Member

It gives the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture great pleasure to present our bachelor degree candidates. These students have fulfilled all requirements and are recommended by our faculty.

We Celebrate You!

B.S. in Mass Communications

  • Jordan Adams
  • Anya Ahluwalia +
  • Christina Amano Dolan
  • Tara Ashi
  • Elena Avendano
  • Amina Ayoud
  • Nathan Backman
  • Ryan Batik
  • Ebenezer Belayneh
  • Aziah Bell +
  • Elijah Bell
  • Olivia Betke ++
  • Eric Billeter
  • Waverly Bonfante
  • Kelly Booth +
  • Erin Bottcher
  • Thomas Bradley
  • Cameron Branscomb
  • Grant Brewer
  • Joshua Briere +
  • Ryan Brown++
  • Bailey Browning +++
  • Julia Bruski
  • Fatima Bustos
  • Megan Butz
  • Clayton Callendar
  • Aquiles Chavez
  • Benson Chiu
  • Michelle Chiu ++
  • Melanie Chow ++
  • Noah Clough
  • Kevin Copeland
  • Nicholas Cornelius
  • Sydney Crockett
  • Raymond Crosby
  • Raymond Dale
  • Mckenna Day +
  • Abibatou Diallo
  • Mary Jane Dullas ++
  • Hannah Eason ++
  • Michael Evers-Daley
  • William Farmer
  • Allison Farrell +
  • Samuel Fowler
  • Kaia Franklin
  • Jerry Funtila +
  • Samra Giorgis
  • Andrew Grant ++
  • Jovon Griffith
  • Ryan Grube
  • Theo Haggins ++
  • Orizo Hajigurban
  • Ryan Harrell ++
  • Russell Harris
  • Kaitlyn Harrison +++
  • Jenna Hasher ++
  • Jessalyn Hayes
  • Wessam Hazaymeh +++
  • Christopher Helms
  • Charlotte Henson
  • Merrill Holt
  • Alexander Huibsch
  • Emma Hultgren +++
  • Thomas Jakob
  • Cameron Jones
  • Desiree Jones
  • LaKiva Jones
  • Michelle Kim ++
  • Elizabeth Kissler
  • Jack Klerekoper +
  • Zachary Klosko
  • Anna Koniencki
  • Sarah Kouadio
  • Chip Lauterbach
  • Olivia Lewis
  • Anna Lillis
  • Benjamin Malakoff +
  • Macie Marinetto +++
  • Brennen Martin
  • Ana Marx ++
  • Michel Maulding
  • Derek McAdam +
  • Marlon McKay +
  • Nile McNair +
  • Liam McNicholl
  • Keriann McTavish
  • Michelle Mead ++
  • Shafer Meeks
  • Henry Moore ++
  • Brandon Morales +
  • Giovan Morro
  • Anna Munnikhuysen
  • Mikaela Murdock
  • Thomas Myers ++
  • Philip Napier +
  • Christine Navarro +
  • Zobia Nayyar
  • Alec Nguyen
  • Ashley Norris
  • Carson Nunnally +
  • Cierra Parks
  • Jasmine Parks
  • Thida Pathammavong
  • Dylan Pehl +
  • Claudia Peralta ++
  • Claudia Perez
  • Haeley Phan +
  • Charles Phillips
  • Jonathan Pitchford
  • Kiara Porter
  • Macy Pressley ++
  • Logan Reardon
  • Angela Riemer +
  • Andrew Ringle
  • Landon Roberts +
  • Kofi Roberts
  • Casandra Romero
  • Nukeshia Ross
  • Yasmin Rowe +
  • Aaron Royce
  • Max Rudolph ++
  • Jocelyn Ryan +
  • William Sanders
  • Gabriela Santana ++
  • Seth Savine
  • Nolan Scheer
  • Anya Sczerzenie ++
  • Brianna Sewell
  • Brandon Shillingford
  • Britney Simmons +
  • Mira Singh ++
  • Anthony Sledge
  • Kayla Smith ++
  • Megan Smith ++
  • Michael Smith
  • Quintin Smith
  • Trey Smith
  • Jamie Smoot ++
  • Jasmine Speller
  • Patrick Stevenson
  • Kyle Stuart
  • Grant Stubenhofer
  • Lucia Stumpo +
  • Justin Sugatan
  • Roger Sullivan
  • Corydon Swift-Turner +++
  • Justin Tall
  • Kyle Talley ++
  • Lynne Taylor +
  • Matt Tessema ++
  • Lorraine Thomas
  • Matthew Thomas ++
  • Margaret Thompson
  • David Tran +
  • Rebecca Tsapatsaris
  • Aaron Uzzle
  • Anna Vancheri +
  • Francesca Victoria +
  • Lily Warden ++
  • Rafael Wells
  • Alyssa Wheaton
  • Gracie White
  • Simone Williams
  • Nicholas Wilson ++
  • Jeniffer Wirsch +
  • Rebecca Woodfin +
  • Helena Yared
  • Evangeline Zarpas ++

+ Cumme Laude
++ Magna Cum Laude
+++ Summa Cum Laude

Congratulations to our Award Winners

Creative Advertising Outstanding Student Award

  • Emma Hultgren 
    Hultgren makes an effort to help her peers and pushes herself to go above and behind many of the students. Her work is professional, creative and mission driven. She has passion to work on environmental and Native American issues and her work is always top in class and other students respect her opinion. Hultgren is a strong creative problem solver with a great eye for design and visual solutions while setting a very high bar for herself and is always open to learning more. She is a part-time creative manager for reRVA Real Estate, a position she started as an intern. She completed internships with the Richmond Symphony, VCU Admissions Office, The Martin Agency, Rebuilding Together Richmond, and CreativeMktGroup. Hulgren has plans to graduate Summa Cum Laude as a Creative and Strategic major and a minor in Product Innovation.

Strategic Advertising Outstanding Student Award

  • Michelle Mead
    Mead is described as the hardest worker by peers. Thoughtful, fun, insightful and reliable. The first time she presented a simple introduction in Awareness class, her instructor instantly knew she was a strategist. The energy and creative mind she brings to strategy brings her work to life. She is insightful, meticulous, and continually in pursuit of her own growth and excellent work. She’s Vice President of the Advertising Club at VCU. Mead is a winner of the Barbara Fultz Women in Advertising Scholarship and the Creative Brief Competition in the One Show Strategy Workshop. She is a Marketing Intern and Strategic Team Leader with CreateAthon an advertising event held by the Robertson School. She’s also a marketing administrator (running social media) for Chop Chop RVA. She has plans to graduate Magna Cum Laude as a Creative and Strategic major.

Broadcast Journalism Outstanding Student Award

  • Ben Malakoff
    After joining WVCW Radio his freshman year, Ben Malakoff became one of the stations main play-by-play broadcasters for men’s and women’s basketball and baseball. Before his sophomore year, he was hired as the station’s sports director. The position helped him land an internship with WJLA ABC-7. For the past two years leading up to graduation, he has worked as the General Manager of WVCW where he runs both the broadcast and business side of the radio station. Aside from his work with radio, he has been an anchor and reporter for VCU insight during his senior year. He has also contracted for VCU athletics as a play-by-play broadcaster on ESPN+.

Print-Online Journalism Outstanding Student Award

  • David Tran
    David Tran is a first generation college student and the first in his family to attend college. During his time at the Robertson School, he shined light on  environmental and social issues across Virginia and was published in numerous news outlets, such as the Associated Press and the Washington Post. He plans to pursue a career in journalism after graduation, hopefully to tell stories and highlight issues marginalized communities face.

Public Relations Outstanding Student Award

Josie Stone Award

  • Matthew Tessema

    The  journalism faculty is proud to nominate Matthew Tessema for the 2021 Josie Stone Award. A first generation college student whose parents moved to the U.S. from Ethiopia, Matthew will graduate from the Robertson School as one of the top performing students in the journalism concentration. His 3.89 GPA is even more impressive considering his intense workload, which at times required him to balance three part-time jobs. Matthew was selected for the highly competitive Fulbright UK Summer Institutes in 2020, and he is the founder of the pre-law society at VCU, which now has over 250 members. His professionalism, determination, and composure made a lasting impression on his professors. In the spirit of Josie Stone, he carved his own path–and we are excited to see where it takes him.

    When asked to reflect on his experience at the Robertson School, Matthew had this to say: “Through my three years as a Robertson student I worked with professors that were dedicated to my progression as a writer and journalist. I noticed that particularly in my journalism classes my teachers have been as invested in my success just as much as me. And I credit those instructors for a life-changing experience at VCU. There were times I balanced three part-time jobs and a full course load and my professors always worked with me. The skills learned in our classrooms have helped me become a Fulbright scholar, start a club at the university and intern with the congressional black caucus foundation. I am proud to say that I will soon be a summa cum laude graduate of the Robertson School.”



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