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End-of-semester "Thank You" from the Robertson School

Apr 29, 2020

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By Marcus Messner, Ph.D., Interim Director


Dear Robertson School students, colleagues and friends,

As we close out what has been an unusual and challenging semester, I wanted to take a moment to say "Thank You!" I am fortunate to sit in a position that allows me to see the very best and brightest come together to overcome. Despite the difficulties, challenges and obstacles, I have witnessed our School do amazing things this semester (please see some examples in the video above). 

Although we still have challenges ahead as the world navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, looking back on the last two months I am confident in our ability to adapt quickly and keep moving forward. Without diminishing the hardships, fears and loss that this crisis has bestowed on the world, I would like to conclude our time together this semester looking back and celebrating the things we have done together as a School, as a part of ONE VCU. 

Celebrating our graduates

As we exit the regular semester and enter into final exam week, I hope you will join me in celebrating our cohort of graduating students next week. Please mark your calendar for the VCU virtual commencement launching May 8, to honor the many achievements of our May 2020 graduates. This will involve an interactive online platform to individually recognize spring degree and certificate candidates. May graduates also are invited to participate in the December commencement ceremonies to honor all 2020 graduates. May graduates will be contacted with more information.

Celebrating our students

Celebrating our faculty

Celebrating our alumni

Celebrating our resilience 

  • One of the early hardships we faced was cancelling our annual CreateAthon event, designed to provide pro bono communication to organizations in need. Through the sheer ingenuity of CreateAthon students and faculty led by Professors Jess Collins and Peyton Rowe, the event took a new virtual approach to service. This semester we hosted the very first Virtual CreateAthon, making history and serving clients in need. 
  • And our advertising, journalism and public relations faculty are currently organizing virtual portfolio reviews that will connect more than 100 professionals with our seniors for discussions about their work and future careers by the end of next week.

Wrapping up this semester

As we approach final exams, please consider the following information from the VCU COVID-19 website:

  • The last day to withdraw for spring 2020 has been changed from Friday, April 17 to Thursday, April 30 (tomorrow!). Please make sure you know the latest version of the Academic Calendar.
  • A new, temporary pass/fail grading option for undergraduate and graduate students has been established for the spring semester. The Office of the Provost has created checklists for undergraduate and graduate students to help them decide which grading option to choose.
  • Please see all information related to final exams, grades, summer and fall registration on One VCU: Responsible Together.
  • Announced this week, please see information from VCU President Dr. Michael Rao about fall course designation and modality.

If it is safe and appropriate, I look forward to seeing our returning students again in the fall. To our graduating seniors, please know the Robertson School is always here to support your future. 

Go Rams!

Marcus Messner, Ph.D., Interim Director and Professor