Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) Charter Signing brings six universities together

On April 27, 2015, six of Virginia’s university presidents joined forces to advance marine and coastal science that solves pressing issues by signing the Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) charter. The charter is the first in VASG’s 30-year history and formalizes a commitment among partners toward collaboration on the challenges that face Virginia’s coasts and oceans.

Representing George Mason University and President Angel Cabrera was Dr. R. Christian Jones, ESP professor and Director of Mason’s Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center.

Read more from the official VASG press release. Please click on the images below to view them in full size. More pictures can be viewed at this VASG Charter Signing album on Flickr.

Lt Gov Ralph Northam discusses the critical role universities play in advancing the wellbeing of Virginia’s coastal communities. ©Janet Krenn/VASG

University presidents sign the VASG charter. (L-R) R. Chris Jones, Director, Potomac Env. Research & Ed Center, GMU (representing President Angel Cabrera); Theresa Sullivan, President, UVA; John Broderick, President, ODU. ©Janet Krenn/VASG

(Top Row: L to R) John Wells, VIMS Dean and Director; John Broderick, Pres ODU; Tim Sands, Pres VT; Troy Hartley; VASG Director; (Bottom Row: L to R) R. Chris Jones, GMU; Theresa Sullivan, Pres UVA; Taylor Reveley, Pres W&M; Michael Rao, Pres VCU.


Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

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