Anita D. Filson, Class of 1983, judge of the 25th Judicial District Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts, Staunton and Lexington, will deliver the keynote address at Mary Baldwin University’s 160th Commencement, Sunday, May 19, at 10 a.m. on Page Terrace of the Martha S. Grafton Library.
Filson, who practiced law in the Rockbridge and Augusta county areas for more than 15 years, is the first woman appointed to the bench in the seven-county judicial district. While at Mary Baldwin, Filson was in the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs and majored in philosophy. She graduated summa cum laude and went on to get her law degree from Washington and Lee University.
Mary Baldwin University, with a main campus in Staunton, Virginia, and five regional centers, excels in providing leadership training, character development, and career preparation with a strong academic foundation. A multi-faceted liberal arts college, Mary Baldwin offers three residential programs for women – the Traditional Program for Women, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, nonresidential bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) 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 was 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 shelter a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.