Message From The Dean

To our Spring 2020 graduates, I say to you – Big Congratulations!!!

In spite of the coronavirus pandemic, you demonstrated strength and fortitude. You were the senior class that exhibited patience and accommodation. You were the senior class that articulated what mattered most and put things in perspective. Indeed, you will never be forgotten for the very best reasons. I cannot begin to tell you how much I miss each one of you and how I missed being able to shake your hands and congratulate you in person on a job well done. Like me, your faculty are heartbroken that they too were unable to celebrate your accomplishments.

I want to thank so many of you who have been calling me and your faculty or Face-timing us or sending handwritten notes. You have taken graduation pictures in your regalia so that you could share with your family and friends. You are posting your celebratory pictures on social media and I love that, and you are now even more than ever, connecting with the world around you. It is my prayer that you will not be overcome by the coronavirus pandemic. To our graduating seniors, bless you. We celebrate you and we congratulate you on a job well done!!

To you our Spring 2020 graduates, bless you. We celebrate you and we congratulate you on a job well done!!! Please, go into the world and do great things and transform your community in the same way that the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business at Virginia State University constituted a transformative experience for you. Good Luck to all of you and please continue to keep safe!

To all of our other students/faculty/staff/alums/industry stakeholders, we shall persevere. I first want to extend my thanks to our amazing students for your outstanding work. Your fortitude has been inspiring in this crisis. To our faculty/staff, I cannot adequately express my awe. You have transitioned everything in a matter of weeks and did it nearly seamlessly. I remain in your debt. To our alumni and industry stakeholders, how can I ever begin to repay you for rolling up your sleeves in joining us in this fight against a truly awful enemy. Perhaps in knowing that together we are stronger, we will come through this even better. We honor all of our many traditions in Singleton Hall and look forward to resuming them soon.

Thank you for who you are and what you do as together we are changing countless lives for the better and in doing it providing for a transformative experience by embracing our role as Virginia’s Opportunity University!