Cupola Now May 17, 2011
Special Edition: Commencement Weekend
May 21—22
   Stories > Graduate Profiles: Family Ties, Sacrifice, and Perseverance
Mary Baldwin's graduating seniors reflect the many paths to a college degree. Meet just a few of the members who make the Class of 2011 unique.
    > Speaker Represents Power of 'Firsts'
As the first African-American woman to serve as Superior Court judge, Shirley Fulton began to challenge preconceptions and set a precedent for courtroom professionalism when she was appointed in 1989.
  Schedule at a Glance
  Schedule Saturday, May 21
  > VWIL Commissioning Ceremony
Five of this year's 16 Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership graduates will accept commissions in the United States armed forces to serve in the Air Force and Army. The ceremony represents the culmination of four years of academic and physical work as students receive their first salutes as new officers. This year's speaker is Lt. Melisa Koch Fusick '08, U.S. Air Force.
11 a.m., Page Terrace. Rain location: Pearce Auditorium.
    > Ajani
At this ceremony — considered a rite of passage for select seniors who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to multicultural campus life — each student receives a kente stole, hand woven in Africa. One student is selected to deliver a response to this year's speaker, Tiffany Riddick Foreman '05, and one student will be presented with the Rafiki ("friend" in Swahili) Award.
12:30 p.m., Rose Terrace Lawn. Rain location: Dance studio inside Physical Activities Center.
    > VWIL Change of Command Review
A salute to the achievement of Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership graduates, the ceremony includes the passing of sabres and a full parade by the world's only all-female corps of cadets. Cpt. Lori Mathieu, commander of U.S. Coast Guard Recruiting Command will deliver this year's address.
2 p.m., Parade Ground at the Physical Activities Center. Rain location: Physical Activities Center.
    > Phi Beta Kappa Initiation
Phi Beta Kappa member and Professor of History Kenneth Keller will deliver the keynote address at this event, where select students become official members of what is widely considered the most prestigious academic honor society.
5 p.m., Francis Auditorium.
    Sunday, May 22
    > Mary Baldwin College's 169th Commencement Ceremony
10 a.m., Page Terrace. Rain Location: 10:30 a.m., Expoland in Fishersville.

See the full Commencement Weekend schedule online.

  Who's Walking
  Who's Walking Graduates by the Numbers
  > Residential College for Women 121
Program for the Exceptionally Gifted               (8)
Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership      (18)
    > Adult Degree Program 136
    > Master of Arts in Teaching 63
    > Master of Education 16
    > Master of Letters in Shakespeare and Performance
(includes four Master of Fine Arts candidates)
    > Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Performance 15
    > Residential College for Women 121
TOTAL (Graduates)
TOTAL (Degrees)

  Commencement Lore and More
  Commencement lore and more > History and Etiquette
Did you know that for many years, MBC did not have a Commencement speaker or that a fast-moving storm disrupted the 1971 ceremony with uprooted trees and downed power lines? Discover the history of the event, learn about etiquette and regalia, and see the full schedule of events on the college's official Commencement site.
    > A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Each year, photographer Woods Pierce captures the tradition and, often, the unexpected moments that make each graduation day unique. Visit the 2010 gallery and check back soon on the MBC Flickr site for the images from the 2011 ceremony.
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