As Bridgewater College's graduating seniors and their families celebrated on May 18, Supreme Court of Virginia Justice William C. Mims urged the 301 graduates to remember society's timeless virtues and to build meaningful lives.
Among those graduation is Natasha Hudok, majoring in business administration, from Huttonsville.
Mims' address, "After the Revolution," spoke to various social and technological revolutions throughout history and asked the questions, "What comes after the revolution? What fills the vortex?"
"Tomorrow your horizons will expand," Mims said. "Your hopes and dreams and challenges will grow. So many things will change. But always remember that the timeless virtues apply equally to all persons at all times in all places. They are not circumstantial. They will not change. After the revolution, they will stand."
Among the 301 students in the class of 2013, 100 earned Bachelor of Arts degrees, 175 earned Bachelor of Science degrees and 26 are scheduled to complete degree requirements during summer school sessions, which conclude Aug. 2. The college's interim president, Roy W. Ferguson Jr., conferred the degrees at the ceremony.
Eight members of the class graduated summa cum laude - the top academic honor, which requires at least a 3.9 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Five graduates earned magna cum laude honors - 3.7 or better average. Cum laude honors, requiring a 3.4 grade point average, were earned by 64 graduates. In addition, academic honors at each level require students to meet certain standards on a comprehensive exam; those earning summa cum laude and magna cum laude also must achieve required grade levels on an honors project.
Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state's first private, co-educational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to approximately 1,750 undergraduate students.