VCU honors its top 10 graduates of the last decade

VCU Alumni will recognize 10 graduates of the last decade, or GOLD, this fall at the third annual 10 Under 10 awards

The awards celebrate alumni who earned their first VCU degree within the past 10 years and who have enjoyed remarkable professional success, made important contributions to their community and/or loyally supported the university. 

The following alumni will be recognized at the private ceremony:

Lauren Caldas, Pharm.D.
Pharm.D., 2011, School of Pharmacy
Community-focused pharmacist who, as pharmacy manager for Kroger, helped open the grocery store’s first marketplace on the East Coast

Christina Dick
B.S., 2010, Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture
Founder of marketing consultancy TFB Agency and developer of social media strategies for national brands such as Kraft, Walmart and GEICO

Christine Haines Greenberg
B.A., 2009, College of Humanities and Sciences
Entrepreneur who owns two Richmond-based businesses, Wood Grain & Lace Events and Urban Set Bride, and helps empower other self-employed women

William Haugh
M.H.A., 2008, School of Allied Health Professions
An industry-recognized health care leader and CEO of Georgetown Community Hospital, in Georgetown, Kentucky

Ashley Hawkins
B.F.A., 2007, School of the Arts
Graduate Certificate, 2013, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
M.P.A., 2013, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Owner of Studio Two Three, Richmond’s only public printmaking studio providing professional artists with the tools to take their careers to the next step

LeQuan M. Hylton, Ph.D.
Ph.D., 2016, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
A logistics management specialist for the Department of Defense and co-owner of a Richmond company dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable housing

Gai A. Nyok
B.A., 2010, College of Humanities and Sciences
B.S., 2010, College of Humanities and Sciences
One of Sudan’s “Lost Boys,” who today serves as a diplomat at the U.S. Department of State

Stanley Rayfield
B.F.A., 2009, School of the Arts
Award-winning artist whose work has been displayed at the Smithsonian, the Pentagon and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Ryan C. Rinn
Graduate Certificate, 2011, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
M.U.R.P., 2012, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Executive director of Storefront for Community Design, a nonprofit providing community outreach and innovative programs to revitalize Richmond’s Highland Park neighborhood

Isaac Rodriguez, Ph.D.
M.S., 2010, School of Engineering
Ph.D., 2013, School of Engineering
Co-founder of SweetBio, a Tennessee-based startup bringing a breakthrough medical invention to market

Read more about these remarkable alumni at


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