Each year, thousands of family members, friends and loved ones gather on Wheeler Mall and in Jarman Auditorium to celebrate the culmination of years of struggle, sacrifice and accomplishment by Longwood graduating seniors and graduate students.
Longwood University is freezing its undergraduate tuition charge next year for all new and returning students, continuing a commitment to being Virginia’s leading public university when it comes to keeping college costs affordable for students and families.
Zach Morgan ’19 knows what his two favorite moments of his Longwood career will be, and they both happened the spring semester of his senior year: the annual CHI bonfire, in which senior CHI members’ identities are divulged, and Princeps reveal.
Standing in the spot that had once been his childhood backyard, Skip Griffin issued a challenge to the Longwood University graduates sitting before him.
They may be identical twins, but they are far from the same person. One is an accomplished student-athlete on the Longwood women’s basketball team; the other is one of the most involved students on campus, a member of several organizations and community-based groups.
As she reflects on her four years at Longwood, Courtney White ’19 has some sage advice for the incoming freshmen who will come behind her—embrace new things.
The best laid plans of mice and men, the poet says, often go awry. Tell that to Jahleem Montague ’19, the digital media superstar who never thought about those three words together before two years ago.
Graduating from college. That’s the big dream—the one that prompted Maria Reynoso’s parents to move, with 2-year-old Maria, from Guadalajara, Mexico to the United States two decades ago.
Dr. Craig Challender’s career at Longwood ended with two poems. Making the moment even more poignant, the class happened to also be the last one for two graduating seniors, Annie Polek and Carson Blackwood, both of whom will walk across the commencement stage on Saturday.
Communication Studies major Shannon Blunt ’19 arrived at Longwood thinking she wanted to work on the student newspaper. Then she saw the WMLU studio, and everything about her next four years changed.