Last Saturday marked graduation day at VCU, and we were able to have a very normal feeling graduation for the first time since the class of 2019 graduated. 2020 didn’t happen for obvious reasons. 2021 was in-person, but somewhat limited. It was good to get back to giving our graduates a proper send-off.
That’s Vann Graves up front, giving them the final push.
Philippe Krakowsky, CEO of IPG, was the Commencement Speaker. Hermon Ghermay, Global Chief Culture Officer of IPG Mediabrands and Director’s Council member, was there as special guest. They both offered incredibly smart and thoughtful remarks.
After the ceremony, I wrote to the rest of the faculty that it was great seeing this class through and watching them able to celebrate as a group. They arrived in August of 2020. Before we had vaccines … barely after we learned that we didn’t need to be bleaching our groceries before we brought them inside.
Classes were only held in the two biggest rooms we had … one of which was a common area that was converted. Students had to sit six feet apart, they had to wear masks, and because we had some students who were joining class via Zoom, the professors had to use a microphone through a PA so both groups could hear.
It was incredibly hard on everyone. But we got through. And ultimately, this class that began their time with us in insolation, was able to come together and celebrate as one incredibly tight-knit group.
Congratulations to the class of 2022!
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