Sen. George Allen to Address VWIL Graduates at Mary Baldwin

April 18, 2001

Sen. George Allen will address the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) cadets during the VWIL Change of Command Ceremony at Mary Baldwin University on Saturday, May 19, at 4 p.m. at the Physical Activities Center Track on Tams Street. The community is invited to attend.

The VWIL Corps of Cadets will present a full parade with marching band. Senator Allen will give the keynote address. During the ceremony, the Colors will be passed from the graduating Commander of the Corps of Cadets to the new Commander.

This event serves as the graduation ceremony for those VWIL cadets in the class of 2001 who have completed all VWIL requirements in addition to the course work necessary for the bachelor’s degree.

VWIL, now completing its sixth year, made history in the spring of 1999 when 22 young women graduated from its inaugural class. It is a comprehensive program for Mary Baldwin students who are interested in intensive leadership training. The program includes academic requirements in mathematics, sciences, statistics, computer science, foreign language and leadership studies as well as military training, physical fitness and outdoor education programs focusing on the development of confidence and teamwork.

Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college in Staunton, Virginia, with three residential programs for women – the traditional program, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, non-residential Adult Degree and master’s programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and is also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to house a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

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