It’s a Wrap: Commencement ceremonies tie a bow on the 2022-23 year

The 2022-23 academic year officially wrapped up this past weekend with Commencement ceremonies for students receiving undergraduate degrees on Saturday and graduate degrees on Friday. The campus was dressed up as much as the Class of 2023 and their guests, and the weather could not have been more perfect, especially for Saturday’s outdoor ceremony. What beautiful, happy days!

For those of you whose students received degrees, Congratulations! You might just find a familiar face in one of the photo galleries or the video below.

For those of you whose students are still working toward their diplomas, you can see what’s in store for you and your Lancer in the future.

I hope you and your students have a wonderful summer.

—Sabrina Brown

Commencement 2023 Video

Undergraduate Commencement

Graduate Commencement

Worth A Thousand Words: A few spring 2023 highlights

I’m a writer, so I believe in the power of the written word. But photographers and videographers also are amazing storytellers. Below are a few visual highlights from the spring semester.

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Fun

When students need a break before the final sprint to exams and the end of the semester, Spring Weekend can be just what the doctor ordered.

Many student organizations set up fundraising booths, offering food or pay-to-play games. There are performances by student groups and live music. And it wouldn’t be Spring Weekend without oozeball. See for yourself why students love this Longwood tradition.

Show and Tell on a Much Higher Level

Twice a year Longwood dedicates an entire day to student research and scholarly activities. Through oral presentations, poster sessions, live performances and more, students show off their “muscles” in their areas of study.

The variety of topics is truly impressive, as you can see in this video and these photos from the Spring 2023 Student Showcase for Research and Creative Inquiry.

Stress-Lowering Treatment in a Fur Coat

It’s pretty well-known that final exams can be stressful. Also well-known is that interacting with a friendly, tail-wagging canine can help reduce stress.

So when exams roll around, so does Study Paws. Faculty and staff bring their dogs to campus, and students gather for a furry therapy session. Take a look.

Putting a Ring On It

Just before Christmas, I posted some information about how to buy your student a Longwood class ring. What makes this gift even more special is the Ring Ceremony. Held in the spring, the event starts with the rings spending the night in the Rotunda.

The next day, family are invited to be on hand as the rings are presented. This year Vice President for Student Affairs Cameron Patterson ’10, M.S. ’17, was there to receive his own Longwood ring.

—Sabrina Brown