Founders Day Address Inspires ‘Moving Forward’ With Purpose

October 1, 2009

Christian PeeleIt was standing room only at Mary Baldwin University’s 168th Founders Day celebration October 1, warmly welcoming speaker Christian Peele ’05 and signifying the investiture of the Class of 2010. Held annually on the Thursday nearest Mary Julia Baldwin’s October 4 birthday, Founders Day honors Miss Baldwin and Rufus Bailey for establishing Augusta Female Seminary and leading Mary Baldwin Seminary through its early years.

After the customary recognition of students with honors and awards and a welcome to seniors from Jennifer Brillhart Kibler ’91, executive director of alumnae/i and parent relations, Peele took the podium in First Presbyterian Church to inspire the audience to “move forward” … and more. At the heart of her address was genuine encouragement to make a “commitment to an authentic relationship with our communities, ” Peele said.

Founders Day 2009“If our walk is turned to a dance because we take seriously the sound of authentic relationship, then we say ‘yes’ to the idea that success isn’t so much about moving forward as it is about moving more deeply into what lies before us, ” she added.

“So instead of moving forward, we dance in unexpected patterns and we make unexpected choices and we do more than go through challenges, we dance inside them and dance on top of them and we embrace them. ”

Read the full text of Peele’s speech and watch video of Founders Day on YouTube.