This week we are highlighting some of the members of the Class of 2020 as part of our #HumansOfLongwood series. While formal commencement exercises won’t take place until October 9 and 10 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our graduating seniors officially earn their degrees May 16. Wherever life after Longwood takes them—a new job, graduate studies or an internship—these students reflect the goals and achievements made possible in a close-knit community that promotes student involvement, values inclusion and nurtures citizen leadership in whatever form it takes

Jack Harmon ’20
Hometown: Williamsburg
Major: Communication Studies with a concentration in public relations; minor in sociology

Next Step: An internship at Walt Disney World as part of the Disney College Program

The most amazing experience I had at Longwood actually came toward the end of my senior year, when I was cast in the theater department’s spring musical Chicago. What made it so special was the audience of friends from all corners of my college experience who showed up to support me. There were fellow Student Government Association members, old Peer Mentor friends, my faculty and staff mentors and even fellow members of the coed acapella group I founded on campus. It was truly the ultimate capstone to my time here at Longwood.

Professor Lacy Klinger, who directed Chicago, is the person who had the biggest influence on me at Longwood. She constantly pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me become a stronger performer, student and individual.

Through my extracurricular activities, coursework and working on campus, Longwood helped me grow into the person I was always meant to be. I’ve learned so much about helping others and thinking about all of those around me, not just myself. Citizen leadership runs through the veins of everyone here. It allows us to grow as leaders while supporting others as they become their own version of a citizen leader. I have been given tools and experiences that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I am so excited to represent Longwood wherever I am and whatever I am doing.

What’s next for me is I’m moving to Orlando because I have been accepted into the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World. I am among the college students or recent graduates chosen for this internship from 60,000 applicants from around the world! I will be working as a character attendant, helping the Disney characters as they meet and greet guests around the park. I am looking at this as an opportunity to learn, grow and build my résumé before applying to graduate school. Eventually I’d like to pursue a career in public service and maybe even run for political office one day.

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