Graduate Studies Open House - virtual event

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Date: Thursday, Oct 26, 2023

Start time: 5:30 p.m.

End time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual Event - register via the web conference link to attend

Web conference link

Interested in pursuing graduate education? Stop by the virtual Graduate Studies Open House to visit with history graduate director Emilie Raymond. She will be available to answer your questions and provide information about the M.A. in History and the Graduate Certificate in Public History.

Attendees will receive an application fee waiver. 

Reflections and Insights

In the Classroom

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Alexandra Zukas presented research on Robert Pleasants, a Quaker merchant and planter from Henrico County who was both a slaveholder and an abolitionist. "I became really interested in Pleasants, and in particular the way that Quakerism interacted with abolitionism, the culture of the South, and the ideals of the American Revolution.”

Internship Experience

bernita randolph in front of ica mural

Bernita Randolph interned with ICA and worked on the “Commonwealth” exhibition that debuted fall 2020. "This internship was a well-rounded experience that helped me develop professionally and personally... If I had to leave with a few take-aways, connections are key, collaboration is healthy, and history should be used as a social understanding and reconciliation tool." 

After Graduation

sam mckelvey wearing a hard hat

Sam McKelvey is the Executive Director at Menokin - a museum defined by dynamic preservation. "VCU’s history graduate program helped me become an effective museum communicator. It gave me the skills necessary to create meaningful dialog with others on historical topics and the role of public history as viewed through modern lenses."


Event contact: VCU Graduate School,