Honors College Bestows Honors to Record Number of Graduates at Spring Commencement Ceremony

THe Honors COllege class of spring 2023 sits in ful regalia at the Siegel Center during their commencement ceremonyThe Virginia Commonwealth University Honors College bestowed honors to its largest class to date during its Spring 2023 commencement ceremony last Thursday, May 11 at the Siegel Center on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus. 

The Honors College bestowed Honors to 225 graduates. Honors students represented every college on VCU’s academic campus: the College of Engineering, the College of Humanities and Sciences, the College of Health Professions, the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, the School of the Arts, the School of Business, the School of Nursing, the School of Social Work, University College and the VCU Life Sciences.

Alexsis Rodgers (Mass Communications, Honors, ‘13), a rising political figure in the Richmond community, served as the commencement’s alum speaker and had one simple message for graduates:

“Be curious and protect your joy,” Rodgers said, telling graduates that if they remember anything from her speech, to please remember that.  

Be curious and protect your joy.

Honors College Dean Scott Breuninger, Ph.D. praised the graduates for overcoming adversity during the COVID-19 pandemic and persevering to achieve VCU’s highest undergraduate honor. 

“You have learned the skills that will be necessary no matter what you are going to do next,” Breuninger said. “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.”