Drummers from the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) played a march as a procession of nearly 100 seniors in traditional black caps and gowns descended the stairs toward Page Terrace. Professors and administrators in formal academic regalia looked on, nodding and smiling at waving students as they filed into rows of chairs positioned before the facade of Grafton Library.
More than 100 attending underclassmen and family members cheered as MBU chaplain and religious studies professor Katherine Low greeted the Class of 2022 from a podium.
“Today we are gathered to celebrate the 180-year heritage of this university and your place within it,” Low told the group. “Not only has your hard work and dedication proven you worthy of that legacy, it has made us confident you will boldly embody and carry it into the future.”
Her invocation opened the 93rd Founders Day, which commemorates the death and vision of school progenitor, Mary Julia Baldwin. The annual ceremony formally recognizes the accomplishments and leadership role of the graduating class.