Honors College Bestows Honors to 65 Graduates at Fall Graduation Ceremony

The Honors College class of fall 2023 posing for a photo wearing full regaliaBy William Lineberry
University College, Honors College

The Virginia Commonwealth University Honors College bestowed Honors to 65 graduates, the highest academic accolade given to VCU undergraduate students, at its Fall 2023 commencement ceremony on Friday, December 8, 2023. 

Students, their chosen families and Honors College faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the milestone, for what was one of the largest fall graduating classes in recent Honors College history. 

“You have learned the skills that will be necessary no matter what you are going to do next,” said Honors College Dean Scott Breuninger, Ph.D. in his address to the graduating class. “Whether you are going to medical school or law school, graduate school or working in the arts, teaching or working in business, the education that you received at VCU as part of the Honors College will stay with you, and I hope will provide you with an advantage no matter what comes next.”

Student speaker at the ceremony, Shreya Patel, encouraged her fellow graduates to be excited and ready for their lives after undergrad. 

"Don't be afraid to take chances," Patel said. "The world is waiting for you." 

Don't be afraid to take chances. The world is waiting for you.

The fall graduates received degrees from the College of Engineering, the College of Humanities and Sciences, the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, School of the Arts, the School of Business, University College and VCU College of Life Sciences.

The Honors College was established in 1983 to create a vibrant community and a rigorous program of study for academically talented undergraduate students at Virginia Commonwealth University. Honors students have attained distinction through both academic achievement and a commitment to learning in the best of the University’s tradition. Honors students have completed a demanding curriculum, chronicled the entirety of their undergraduate education in an Honors dossier, and are active, contributing members in the Honors community. Graduation with University Honors is the highest accolade offered by Virginia Commonwealth University.