Cupola Now May 16, 2013
Special Edition:  Commencement Weekend
May 18–19
   Baskervill > Alumna and Judge to Deliver Commencement Address
Pamela Baskervill presides in the 11th Judicial Circuit of Virginia. She is also an active volunteer, who credits her MBC education with instilling a variety of life skills.


Don't Miss It

Fire pit

Family Fire
Warm up at the new campus fire pit, a gift from the Class of 2013. Performances by Bella Voce, Anointed Voices of Praise. 8 p.m. Saturday, Pannill Lawn.

In the News

Kate Given

MBC student has a passion for women's history and theater

The News Leader  highlighted graduating senior Kate Given in its regular "man on the street" profile May 10.

  Ramirez > Faces in the Crowd
There are many paths to a college degree. Meet three soon-to-be graduates who will celebrate years of hard work and dedication Sunday.

  Lectern > Alumnae Celebrate Gift of New Lectern
Two years after their own graduation from Mary Baldwin College, members of the Class of 2011 are leaving their mark — an ornate walnut lectern to debut at the college's 171st Commencement.

  Schedule at a Glance

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

  Saturday, May 18  
  sword > VWIL Commissioning Ceremony
Five of this year's 10 Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership graduates will accept commissions in the United States Army. 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 U.S. Army Captain Ashley Langston '09.
11 a.m., Barbara Kares Page Terrace. Rain Location: James D. Francis Auditorium.
  ajani > 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. This year's speaker is career advisor Torski Dobson-Arnold '99.
12:30 p.m., Rose Terrace Lawn. Rain Location: Dance Studio, Physical Activities Center (PAC).
  change of command > VWIL Change of Command Review
A salute to the achievement of the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership graduates, the ceremony includes the passing of the sabres and a full parade by the nation's only all-female corps of cadets. Brigadier General Mike Bissell, commandant of cadets, will deliver this year's address.
2 p.m., Parade Ground at the PAC. Rain Location: PAC.

> Phi Beta Kappa Initiation
Alumna Rhea Vance-Cheng '09 will deliver the keynote address at this ceremony, in which select students become official members of what is widely considered the country's most prestigious academic honor society.
5 p.m., James D. Francis Auditorium.
  Sunday, May 19
  Grad > Mary Baldwin College’s 171st Commencement Ceremony
Keynote speaker Pamela Sheil Baskervill '75.
10 a.m., Barbara Kares Page Terrace. Rain Location: 10:30 a.m., Expoland.
Who's Walking

Figures are subject to last-minute changes.
Sally James Graduates by the Numbers
> Residential College for Women 105
Program for the Exceptionally Gifted              (9)
Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership      (10)
> Adult Degree Program 161
> 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, and an instructional video on proper robing for the ceremony visit MBC’s Commencement website.

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