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R-MWC Honors 112th Class Under Sunny Sky in Dell

Margaret Krome-Lukens, Sara Rechnitzer win top awards

5/13/2007 12:21:55 PM


LYNCHBURG ó Members of the 112th and final class to graduate under the name of Randolph-Macon Womanís College received their degrees on Sunday, May 13 at 10 a.m. in the Dell.

The college, which will change its name to Randolph College July 1, conferred degrees to 146 members of the Class of 2007 and eight recipients of either Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Education degrees, the first from the collegeís newest graduate education program.

Margaret Krome-Lukens was named the recipient of the Maude Huff Fife Award, given annually to the student with the highest academic record, based on her entire college career.

Sara Rechnitzer was the recipient of the Mary Jean Wellford '48 Volunteer Leadership Award, which recognizes a graduating senior who shows great promise of leadership as a member of the College's alumnae body.

Arlene Joy Gibson, known for her work in education for women, was the speaker chosen by the Senior Class to provide the keynote address.

Gibson began her teaching career at R-MWC as a Spanish instructor and went on to teach and head numerous institutions including the Spence School in New York City, a K-12 girls school founded in 1892.

Gibson urged Randolph-Macon Womanís College students to become "change agents."

"It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life and in change there is power.

"Randolph-Macon made dramatic and difficult choices this year," she added. "While it committed itself to maintaining the institutionís core values, it also chose to change the face, and in some ways the very nature of the college. I would suggest thatís not a bad template for all of you. Commit yourself to your core values and make those the foundation for your future. But so too must you have the courage to make the difficult and dramatic choices that may well change the course of your life, the lives of those around you and even, perhaps, the world."

Read the full text of Gibson's address.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations