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Randolph College Community Opens New Academic Year in Style

Annual Convocation ceremony honors College's tradition of original thinkers

8/31/2010 8:57:37 PM


LYNCHBURG–Randolph College faculty, staff, administrators, and students opened the 2010-2011 academic year August 31 with an energetic Convocation ceremony that honored the College’s past and celebrated its future.

“We are building on the strong foundation and history of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College to create an educational experience like no other,” said John E. Klein, president. “...The community that makes its home here behind the Red Brick Wall is special. It consists of individuals who place priority on learning, on honor and respect, and on living life to the fullest. You are all Randolph College, and that is something we can all be proud of.”

Seniors, clad traditionally in cheerfully decorated robes with funny hats, joined underclass students, staff, and faculty to fill Smith Hall Theatre for the ceremony, which also honored three faculty members with special awards.

Randall Speer, a music professor, won the Katherine Graves Davidson Award, Emily Chua, also a music professor, won the Katherine Graves Davidson Scholarship Award, and Jennifer Gauthier, a communications professor, won The Gillie A. Larew Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Student Government President Carl Coffey ’11 applauded students for their passion for learning and for their love of the College and its history. He encouraged new students to consider Randolph College their “home in the hills”

“You’ll find amazing faculty and staff members who go above and beyond the call of duty to be accommodating (within reason) and upperclass students that genuinely want to see you succeed and carry on the long standing tradition of honor, respect and dignity that so many women (and a few men) have done before you,” he said.

Randolph College, he added, is “a place where your friends become like your brothers and sisters, but is also somewhat of a refuge–from parents, especially (sorry, Dad),” Coffey said. “It’s somewhat of a refuge for free, original thinkers who are not afraid to take a stand against the unjust or even just complain when their pizza is not made just right. This year and in all of your endeavors, I challenge you live life more abundantly–Vita Abundantior.”

Klein encouraged students to listen to the advice given by George Bernard Shaw, an Irish playwright. He said, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

“You have the opportunity to explore the world here at Randolph College,” Klein said. “Take advantage of all that we offer. It is unlikely that you will ever again have the time or freedom to explore yourself and your passions in this way. You never know what you will discover.”

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations