Virginia Delegate Chris Saxman will address the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership cadets during the VWIL Change of Command ceremony at Mary Baldwin University, Saturday, May 15, at 4 p.m. at the Physical Activities Center Track on Tams Street. The public is invited to attend.
The VWIL Corps of Cadets will present a full parade with marching band. Saxman 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 cadets in the Class of 2004 who have completed all VWIL requirements in addition to the course work necessary for a bachelor’s degree.
VWIL, now completing its ninth year, made history in spring 1999 when 22 young women graduated from its inaugural class. The comprehensive program is for Mary Baldwin students who are interested in intensive leadership training. It 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 to develop confidence and teamwork.
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 master’s level university, Mary Baldwin offers three undergraduate 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 more than 30 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teacher 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 relatively few colleges and universities to shelter a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.