Cupola Now May 16, 2012
Special Edition: Commencement Weekend
May 19—20
  commencement 2012
   Cindy Good > When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens
Cindy Good will graduate from Mary Baldwin College with a bachelor’s degree in history, a minor in education, and a license to teach elementary school. And none of it would have been possible without a twist of fate six years ago.


Faces in the Crowd

Angela Gupta photo by Patrick Smith

Ones to Watch in 2012
There are many paths to a college degree. Read more profiles of this year’s graduates.

grad with child

Moments in Time

Each year, photographer Woods Pierce captures the tradition and unexpected moments of Commencement. Check out his work from 2011 and return to the college’s Flickr site soon for his shots of the 2012 ceremony.

  DeAngela > Parting Thoughts from Honduras
When first-generation college student DeAngela Alexander enrolled at MBC, she never dreamed how much her life would change or how many lives she would change.

  Aibgail Disney > Commencement Speaker a Role Model for Grads
While her relatives gained fame with fairy tales, Abigail Disney has sought to examine the real-life heroism of women.

  Schedule at a Glance

A full schedule of the weekend’s events can be found online.

  Saturday, May 19
  sword > VWIL Commissioning Ceremony
Ten of this year’s 22 Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership graduates will accept commissions in the United States armed forces to serve in the Army and Air Force. The ceremony represents the culmination of four years of academic work and physical training as students receive their first salutes as new officers. This year’s speaker is Col. Peggy Combs, deputy commanding general of the United States Army Cadet Command.
10 a.m., Barbara Kares Page Terrace. Rain location: James D. Francis Auditorium
  ajani > Ajani
At this ceremony — considered to be 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. This year’s speaker is Monet Watkins ’05.
12:30 p.m., Rose Terrace Lawn. Rain location: Dance studio inside Physical Activities Center.
  change of command > 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 nation’s only all-female corps of cadets. Col. Peggy Combs, deputy commanding general of the United States Army Cadet 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
Retiring Associate Professor of Music Robert Allen will deliver the keynote address at this ceremony, in which select students become official members of what is widely considered the most prestigious academic honor society.
5 p.m., James D. Francis Auditorium.
  Sunday, May 22
  Grafton on commencement > Mary Baldwin College’s 170th Commencement Ceremony
10 a.m., Barbara Kares Page Terrace. Rain location: 10:30 a.m., John Lewis Auditorium, 1200 N. Coalter St., Staunton.
Who's Walking
procession Graduates by the Numbers
> Residential College for Women 151
Program for the Exceptionally Gifted              (17)
Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership      (22)
> Adult Degree Program 117
> Graduate Teacher Education Programs
(includes Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education)
  > Graduate Programs in Shakespeare and Performance
(includes Master of Letters and Master of Fine Arts)
TOTAL (Graduates)


For more information, including directions, historical notes, an instructional video on proper robing for the ceremony visit MBC’s Commencement website.

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