Sophia Li’s (BA ’13) December 2019 Commencement Address

Sophia Li seated in a chair speaking into a microphone

Sophia Li (BA ’13) delivered the 2019 VCUarts December Commencement address on December 14.

About Sophia Li

Sophia Li is a New York-based multimedia journalist and video director. Her mission is to humanize a story, product, or character through immersive storytelling and conscious content focusing on issues such as fashion sustainability and global tech trends—redefining how news is communicated in the 21st century.

Li, a graduate of the VCUarts Department of Fashion Design + Merchandising, is the former Entertainment Media Editor at She worked on creating and launching VOGUE’s social and digital voice as part of the founding team of

Li’s journalistic reporting has appeared in CNN, VOGUE, and the United Nations. She has created and directed conscious campaign videos for brands such as Adidas, Maybelline, and Theory. Dubbed as an innovative storyteller in the fashion industry and beyond, Li has interviewed notables spanning across fashion, tech, and culture from names like Arianna Huffington and Pharrell Williams, Celine Dion and Nobel Peace Prize recipients.