Monday, March 19, 2012
On Thursday, we paused to remember and honor the founders of our College. In 1891, William Waugh Smith and his associates had the vision of establishing a quality educational institution for women in Lynchburg. More than 120 years later, Randolph College continues to offer that education, now to women and men. Their hard work and commitment to education are still worth praising in speech and song every Founders’ Day.
On March 15, students, faculty, and staff gathered for a brief ceremony, after which they planted rose bushes along the Red Brick Wall in celebration of a line in the College song, which reads, “where roses tumble along sunny walls.”
Randolph College President John E. Klein said the Founders’ Day tradition allows students, faculty, and staff to pay homage to the rich history of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.
“By honoring our past and those so instrumental in laying the strong academic foundation of this College, we can assure that the spirit of the women who came before us will live on, so that future generations of women and men may also achieve their dreams behind, and eventually outside, the College’s Red Brick Wall,” Klein said.
For more photos from the event, see our Founders' Day 2012 album on Facebook.