Gifted Alum Returns to Inspire for Founders Day

October 5, 2011

Garces as a student

When she was 14 she entered college. By 16, she won a Millennium Scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As a 20-year-old college grad headed to medical school at Johns Hopkins, she received a scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. At just 27 years old, she is now a resident physician in the department of anesthesia and critical care medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

And on Thursday, Giannina Garces-Ambrossi ’02 returns to Mary Baldwin University to deliver the keynote address at her alma mater’s annual Founders Day ceremony.

Since 1898, Founders Day is held to honor the college’s two founders, Rufus W. Bailey and Mary Julia Baldwin. It marks the first occasion on which seniors don their caps and gowns, reminding them of the milestone that awaits them in just seven months. It is the success stories of graduates like Garces-Ambrossi that inspire the seniors as they prepare to make their way into the “real world.”

The event begins at 12:15 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 100 Frederick St.