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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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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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School of Law Honors Graduates at 2015 Commencement Ceremony

A happy Anjelica Hendricks '15L with her diploma.

The Washington and Lee University School of Law celebrated its 160th commencement on Saturday, May 9, awarding 174 juris doctor degrees.

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Senator Shelley Moore Capito to Deliver Law Commencement Address

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito

Shelley Moore Capito, U.S. Senator for West Virginia, will deliver this year's commencement address during the 2015 graduation exercises at Washington and Lee University School of Law.

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Two 2014 Graduates Commissioned as U.S. Army Officers


Two Washington and Lee University graduates capped their Commencement day by being commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. John Bruch of Baltimore, Md., and Christina Lowry of Lexington, Va., received their commissions and first salutes in a late afternoon ceremony at Lee Chapel on the university's campus.

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Annelise Madison and Alvin Thomas Awarded Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award Winners

Annelise Madison of Roca, Neb., and Alvin Thomas of Skokie, Ill., seniors at Washington and Lee University, have been awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion, the university's highest student honor.

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Baccalaureate Speaker: Build Community with Energy, Intelligence, Imagination and Love

The Rev. John M. Cleghorn '84

Recalling the Scots-Irish Presbyterians who founded Washington and Lee, the University's baccalaureate speaker asked the Class of 2014 to build community and provide for the common good using "energy, intelligence, imagination and love."

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Seven W&L Graduates Commissioned into Military

Marine Commissioning

Several hours after they received their diplomas in front of Lee Chapel, seven members of Washington and Lee's Class of 2013 filed inside the chapel to participate in commissioning ceremonies.

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