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Positive Change Honors the Past, Doesn’t Reject It, W&L Graduates Told

W&L President Kenneth P. Ruscio addresses graduates at the 2015 Commencement Ceremony

A university is not a museum where change should be seen as a rejection of the past. Instead, advancing and improving are the ways universities like Washington and Lee honor their commitment to, and reverence for, the past.

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New Lectern at W&L Commencement Has Historic Significance

Patrick Harris (left) and John Hoogakker show the new lectern and some of the wood preserved from the "commencement tree."

Few people attending Washington and Lee University’s 2015 commencement probably noticed the new lectern at the center of the podium or understood its historic significance.

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Va. Education Secretary Holton Speaks, Receives Honorary Degree at W&L

Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton delivers Washington and Lee's Baccalaureate Address

Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton advised Washington and Lee University seniors at their May 27 baccalaureate service to “live life optimistically, be on the lookout for opportunities, jump in vigorously, and don’t worry about who gets the credit.”

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W&L’s President Ruscio to Step Down in July 2016

President Kenneth P. Ruscio

Kenneth P. Ruscio will step down as Washington and Lee University's president on June 30, 2016. Ruscio, who announced his decision to the campus community today, will have completed a decade as president of his alma mater when he leaves the position.

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Washington and Lee University to Celebrate 228th Commencement, Baccalaureate

2014 Commencement

Washington and Lee University celebrates its 228th undergraduate commencement May 28 when it will award bachelor’s degrees to 454 students.

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W&L Student Wins Regional, National Journalism Awards

Rachel Adams-Heard '16

Rachel Adams-Heard, a junior business journalism major at Washington and Lee University, has won first place for general news reporting-newspaper (small school division) in Region 2 of the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2014 college journalism competition.

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Two Washington and Lee Students Named Kemper Scholars

Lee Sommerfeldt '18 (l) and Parker Burrus '18 (r)

Parker Burrus of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Lee Sommerfeldt of Sealy, Texas, both first-year students at Washington and Lee University, have been selected as Kemper Scholars.

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Dixon Theater in NYC to Present Choreography by W&L’s Davies

Jillian Katterhagen ’15 and Jennifer Ritter ’13 perform “Veil of Ignorance” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012.

The historic Dixon Place in New York City will showcase “Two People, Three Voices,” a dance choreographed by Jenefer Davies, as part of the performance “Crossing Boundaries” on May 26 at 7:30 p.m.

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Sommer Ireland ’15 Awarded Teaching Assistantship in Austria

Sommer Ireland '15

Washington and Lee University senior Sommer Ireland, of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, has been awarded a U.S. Teaching Assistantship (USTA) in Austria for the 2015-2016 academic year. Although it is a one-year fellowship, she has the possibility of extending it for another year.

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Davis Projects for Peace Awards Two Grants to W&L Seniors


Two seniors at Washington and Lee University have each received a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant. While a W&L senior has won this award each year since its inception, “this is a rare result in the competition and speaks to the quality of both proposals,” said Larry Boetsch, director of international education at W&L.

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