Monday, May 12, 2014

Randolph prepares to celebrate 2014 Commencement

Randolph College will celebrate the graduation the Class of 2014 in several events this weekend.

About 121 students will receive bachelor’s degrees and approximately 20 will receive master’s degrees.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, a hooding ceremony for master’s degree recipients will be held in the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College. The College will then hold Baccalaureate, a celebration of faith and thanksgiving, at 11 a.m. in Houston Memorial Chapel. Gordon Steffey, a Randolph professor of religion, will deliver the baccalaureate address. Students will present music, readings, and an interpretive dance.

Saturday’s events continue with Daisy Chain, a beloved tradition that honors the friendships between the sophomore and senior class, at 3:30 p.m. Garden Party, a celebration for the members of the graduating class, their families, and faculty, will be held in Michels Plaza at 4 p.m. Saturday. This year, a jazz group, the Dwight Spencer Trio, will provide live music for Garden Party.

The weekend will culminate in the Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Dell. Edward L. Ayers, president of the University of Richmond and a renowned scholar of Civil War history, will deliver the Commencement address. Other speakers will include Randolph College President Bradley W. Bateman and Stephanie Barron ’14, president of the graduating class.