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Bishop Dixon encourages grads to seek justice

Top academic and leadership awards given during ceremony

5/20/2003 4:00:18 PM


LYNCHBURG, Va.— Speaking to an overflow crowd in Smith Hall Theatre, the Right Reverend Jane Holmes Dixon '59, Bishop of Washington, Pro tempore (retired), reminded the 160 members of the Randolph-Macon Woman's College Class of 2003 that before seeking to do justice in the world, one has to learn respect for oneself and for all others, something she learned during her days at R-MWC.

"When you can look into the face of another and truly believe that he or she is worthy of your attention," she said, "then justice becomes more than just a word."

Dixon, only the second female bishop elected in the Episcopal Church in the USA, urged the graduates not to be victims to the imposter syndrome, a phenomenon in which young women believe they must fool others into thinking they are smart and worthy of what they have achieved.

"You are my hope," she told the graduates. "You are your parents' hope, and you will be the hope of your children."

During the ceremony -- forced inside by rain for the first time since 1995 -- president Kathleen Bowman named Mary-Ruth Reed and Nancy Kaye Horstman as co-winners of the Maude Huff Fife Award, given annually to the R-MWC student with the highest academic record, based on her entire college career. In addition, Donna Hearn Wynne '75, president of the Alumnae Association, presented the first Mary Jane Wellford '48 Volunteer Leadership Award to Meredith Coticchio.

Founded in 1891, Randolph-Macon Woman's College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college of 780 women with a distinguished history of establishing global connections through international education. The College is a member of the International 50, a group of national liberal arts colleges recognized for their internationally oriented programs and has been recognized by U. S. News & World Report as one of the top 20 national liberal arts colleges for our percentage of international students.

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