Pomp, Circumstance and Purpose as VWU's Year Comes to a Close
June 2022
Dear friends,

This last month has been full of pomp, circumstance and purpose at Virginia Wesleyan. First, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the Class of 2022. We celebrated these graduates on Saturday, May 14, and Commencement Weekend events also included our Baccalaureate Service and the Batten Honors College Capstone Ceremony. Once again, we offer our special thanks to our Commencement speaker, S. Bernard Goodwyn, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, for his inspiring address.

In the days following Commencement, we hosted the spring meeting of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), which included the annual Private College Advisory Board meeting. The two-day event included a reception and dinner where we hosted special guests Aimee Guidera, Virginia’s Secretary of Education; Robert Lambeth, President of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia; and Delegate Cliff Hayes, 77th district, among many others.

Last month, we dedicated DeFord Manor, the on-campus president's residence, with a ribbon cutting and dinner that included a special presentation of gratitude to the home's namesakes, Trustees and benefactors Bob and Nancy DeFord. We celebrated our nine retiring employees who collectively have 232 years of experience at Virginia Wesleyan, and we announced our newest members of the Batten Honors College.

Our students won a variety of national accolades in extracurricular activities, including first place in the undergraduate division of the Intentional Endowments Network "Student Corporate Engagement Competition" and 20 awards in the annual Society for Collegiate Journalists National Contest. In athletics, Geni Roberts of the VWU Track & Field team claimed his second National Runner Up finish this year; this time in the men's triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship Meet in Geneva, OH. VWU softball won the NCAA Regionals and picked up its sixth consecutive Old Dominion Athletic Conference title along the way.

Congratulations to all, especially to the resilient Class of 2022! We wish them the very best as they pursue meaningful personal and professional goals in their lives.
Commencement for the Class of 2022
Virginia Wesleyan celebrated its newest graduates on May 14 in TowneBank Arena. Read More | Photo Gallery
Dedication of DeFord Manor
A special event celebrated the opening of the president’s on-campus residence on May 11. Read More | Photo Gallery
Roberts earns All-American honors as National Runner up in Triple Jump
Geni Roberts finished as the national runner up in the men's triple jump at the 2022 Outdoor National Championship Meet in Geneva, Ohio. Read More
Batten Honors College Scholars Take First Place in IEN National Competition
The competition is a first-of-its-kind student investment competition in which students pitch an investment in a publicly-traded company. Read More
Marlin Chronicle Wins Record Number of Awards in Annual SCJ Competition
The student-led publication garnered an unprecedented 20 awards, including first place in newspaper overall excellence. Read More
Retiring Employees Honored
Nine members of the VWU community were celebrated for their years of dedicated service on May 5. Read More | Photo Gallery
VWU to Welcome New Batten Honors College Class
The new class will arrive August 19 for the traditional Matriculation Ceremony. Read More
Marlins Softball Wins NCAA Regional Bracket
Junior catcher Caitlin Myers was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. Read More