From forensic science and psychology to business, nursing, and the fine arts, Virginia Commonwealth University’s December graduates pursue careers in a variety of fields. They also come from a wide range of places – both geographically and in terms of life experiences.
An injury cut short the military career of Shae Gavit. Now, she hopes to help veterans, active-duty military, and military families struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Matthew Hussmann has built a career as a real estate broker. Now armed with a degree in urban planning, he aims to focus on making positive changes in neighborhoods. Andy Mensah was born in Italy and orphaned in the United States at the age of 11. When he graduates from VCU School of Business this month, he will look to a future in business and law and be “a voice for my community”.
Elijah Dawson, the first in his family to graduate from college, now aims to be the first “to have a ‘Dr’. in front of my name. Madisyn Elam wishes to pursue a career in both medical practice and clinical research. Madeleine Dugan, a crafts and materials design student, is now studying both art creation and a future in museum work after helping create a groundbreaking exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on acclaimed photographer Man Ray . And Khada Dulal’s journey from a refugee camp in Nepal to earning a PhD from VCU College of Health Professions will leave you excited until the end.
At the end of the fall semester, these new VCU graduates are preparing for the future. We interviewed them and some of their classmates in the weeks leading up to the start. Here are their stories: