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2022-23 school year

Aug. 19, 2022

Brandcenter Orientation

Aug. 22, 2022

Brandcenter New Student Open House

Aug. 23, 2022

Fall classes begin

Sep. 5, 2022

Closed for Labor Day

Oct. 21, 2022

Closed for Reading Day

Nov. 8, 2022

Closed for Election Day

Nov. 21 -Nov. 27, 2022

Closed for Fall / Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 13 -Dec. 20, 2022

Final projects/presentations

Dec. 22 -Jan. 2, 2023

Closed for winter break

Jan. 9 -Jan. 13, 2023

BC Sprint

Jan. 16, 2023

Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 17, 2023

Spring classes begin

Mar. 5 -Mar. 12, 2023

Spring break, no classes

May. 4 -May. 11, 2023

Final projects

May. 12, 2023

Graduation TBD

A Brandcenter team helped bring the new TwinTail beverage to market. From left to right: KT Schaeffer, a Brandcenter professor, with students Martin Rees, Nica Mendoza, Peyton Spangler and Jamie Ikley. Not pictured from the team is Meaghan McFarland. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

In the NewsMay 22, 2023

Brandcenter team helps undergrads from UR bring a new drink to market

Via VCU News: University of Richmond students enlisted Brandcenter students to help them bring a product to market

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Brandcenter Commencement 2023 Keynote Speaker: Sofia Hernandez, Global Head of Business Marketing at TikTok

In the NewsMay 18, 2023

Disrupting rooms of sameness: Sofia Hernandez, TikTok's Global Head of Business Marketing, delivers keynote address at Brandcenter commencement

Sofia Hernandez, Global Head of Business Marketing at TikTok, served as the keynote speaker for the Brandcenter's Commencement 2023 ceremony.

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Students from the Brandcenter Class of 2023, from left, Ryan King, Eleni Alafoginis, Alex Fried, and Will Russell. Alafoginis and Fried transferred from The Creative Circus.

In the NewsMay 18, 2023

VCU Brandcenter’s Class of 2023 included a Circus act of kindness

Via VCU News: Transfer students from renowned Atlanta ad school The Creative Circus completed their education at the Brandcenter at VCU.

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Caley Cantrell; Photo by Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications

In the NewsMay 12, 2023

Brandcenter at VCU says goodbye to two of its trailblazers

Longtime professors Caley Cantrell and Peter Coughter are retiring after decades at the Brandcenter (via VCU News)

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In the NewsMay 11, 2023

TikTok's Global Head of Business Marketing Sofia Hernandez to serve as Brandcenter's 2023 Commencement Keynote Speaker

Brandcenter announces Commencement 2023 speakers

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In the NewsApril 28, 2023

Brandcenter’s Annual Recruiter Session Returns to In-Person Format

Via Richmond BizSense: Roughly 250 recruiters from more than 150 companies signed up to take part in this year’s Brandcenter recruiter session, which included both in-person and virtual opportunities to meet and review the work of the 95 students set to graduate in the Class of 2023.

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In the NewsApril 24, 2023

Tales from SIXTY: Eleni Alafoginis (Art Direction, 2023)

A Job I Love: Eleni Alafoginis (Art Direction, 2023) never understood those people who love their jobs—who wake up every day and love what they do—until she started school for advertising. From not knowing what to do with her life in her twenties to going back to school in her thirties and attending both the Creative Circus and the Brandcenter for Art Direction, it’s been a wild ride but so worth it. Read Eleni’s story.

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In the NewsApril 13, 2023

The Brandcenter Launches Latest Round of Professional Development Courses with New Associate Director of Extension Programs

New professional development curriculum announced for May 2023

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Adeel Shams (right) at his store CoolKicks with rapper Lil Durk (left).

In the NewsApril 6, 2023

Every step counts: Take a walk in Adeel Shams’ shoes.

Brandcenter alum Adeel Shams (Creative Brand Management, 2016) has a great story. In this article by VCU News, he talks about his path to entrepreneurship and his many pursuits—restaurants; CoolKicks, a buy, sell, and trade sneaker shop; and MynaSwap, a platform for digitizing physical collectibles.

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In the NewsMarch 30, 2023

Tales from SIXTY: Paul Noonan (Experience Design, 2023)

Ask Yourself: Are You Learning and Are You Having Fun? Paul Noonan (Experience Design, 2023) picked up graphic design in middle school as a hobby—using an early version of Photoshop, he’d make decorations for his classmates’ lockers, which he traded for snacks. Over the years, he expanded his skills and his tools—finding himself thriving in the experimentation, artistry, and craft in design. But then, he got stuck. Looking to explore a career as a Creative Technologist and be in an environment where learning and having fun go hand in hand, he joined the Brandcenter Experience Design program.

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In the NewsMarch 16, 2023

Executive Director Vann Graves on Developing Creative Leaders

Brandcenter Executive Director Vann Graves discusses storytelling and developing creative leaders on the Brand Story Podcast with Gravity Group president Steve Gilman

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In the NewsMarch 15, 2023

Got milk? VCU alum’s snarky new book finds the ‘dumbest’ things to complain about

Anne Marie Wonder (AD, 2016) releases new laugh-out-loud hilarious book, "There Are Too Many Milks: And Other Common Annoyances of Modern Life."


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