Signature events

The Office of Events and Special Programs is charged with the execution and coordination of major university ceremonial, social and special events, and assist in the coordination and execution of VCU Health events. Among the annual signature events which our staff provides leadership to include:

  • May and December commencements
  • President’s State of the University
  • Faculty convocation
  • Presidential symposia
  • Groundbreakings and grand openings
  • Community events, like the VCU Broad Street

Major university events

Major university events are distinguished as those events that are hosted by the Office of the President, call for the president to play a significant role or extend an invitation to the VCU Board of Visitors, the president, the provost, the CEO of the VCU Health System or other university dignitaries.

Major university events can also include ceremonies sponsored by departments or divisions that have a universitywide focus or invite different cross sections of the university community.

Examples of major university events include hosting First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit and the Inauguration of Dr. Michael Rao as the university’s fifth president, among others.