Just as colleges across the nation are honoring graduates this Commencement season, the President of the United States is recognizing institutions of higher learning for their commitment to community service. Mary Baldwin University has once again made The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll , and this time, the school earned its spot with distinction.
The Honor Roll recognizes colleges that reflect the values of exemplary service, take part in compelling campus-community partnerships, and achieve measurable results. Only two other Virginia schools — Washington and Lee University and The College of William and Mary — were tapped for distinction. These schools were able to demonstrate multiple examples of how their service to local communities produced meaningful results.
“It is great to receive this recognition, not only because our culture of service and civic engagement reflects one of our most cherished core values, but because of recent efforts by students, faculty, and staff from across the college to take a more active role in advancing socially responsible initiatives in local, regional, and international settings,” said Steve Grande, director of civic engagement at Mary Baldwin.
In Mary Baldwin’s application to the honor roll, Grande noted the people and projects that demonstrate the college’s service record. He included the 28 students who volunteered with Rebuilding Together Augusta County to repair the homes of low-income residents, the 1,170 hours students dedicated in artistic outreach to the civil-war survivors of Perquin, El Salvador, and the groundbreaking effort of history scholars to reveal the story of one forgotten African-American neighborhood in Staunton.
This is not the first time this year that the college has been singled out for its culture of service. Mary Baldwin has made the Honor Roll since the list was created in 2006. And in August, Washington Monthly — known for asking “not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country” — ranked Mary Baldwin No. 8 among master’s-level universities nationwide.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which administers the Honor Roll, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award.
“As members of the Class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions,” said Patrick A. Corvington, chief executive officer of CNCS. “Congratulations to Mary Baldwin University and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their community. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”
A full list of Honor Roll recipients and descriptions of their service is available online .