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Class of 2008 Will Journey Worldwide After Graduation

Class filled with achievers, including Fulbright Scholar, Peace Corps Volunteer

5/11/2008 10:32:35 AM


LYNCHBURG — Randolph-Macon Woman’s College alumna, Suzanne Patrick presented the 2008 Commencement address to 148 graduates on May 11 at 10 a.m.

Patrick ’77, is the principal and founder of Suzanne D. Patrick & Company, which provides investment banking, technology search, and industrial and strategy consulting services to large corporate and government clients. She has nearly 30 years of senior level experience in global defense, finance, and intelligence in military, government, and Wall Street Settings.

Patrick served as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy from 2001-2005. She was on Wall Street from 1987-1999 as an aerospace analyst and a specialist in east European markets. In 1997, she founded the New Poland Eagle hedge fund with George Soros’s Quantum Fund as the major investor. Ms. Patrick’s early career was as a program manager with the U.S. Navy.

Patrick’s undergraduate degree from R-MWC is in European Studies. She holds the M.A. degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. She was named Washington Woman of the Year in 1986 and R-MWC Alumnae Achievement Award winner in 2002. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Scientific Communication and National Security. She speaks fluent German and French and conversational Hungarian and Spanish.

Suzanne Patrick was nominated by senior Alex Bojarska.

Students in the Class of 2008 will go far and wide after graduation. The 148 members will journey everywhere from Vietnam to Prague to England to across the United States.

Among their achievements:

  • Fulbright Scholar
  • Peace Corp volunteer
  • Lyric Opera internship (Chicago Lyric Opera)
  • Library of the Woodrow Wilson Center in D.C. internship

Among the graduate schools students will attend:

  • Appalachian School of Law
  • New England School of Law
  • American University
  • University of Virginia
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Oxford University
  • Tulane University
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Chicago
  • Cumberland School of Law

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations