traditions

Randolph president discusses value of respect, community in Convocation remarks

President Bradley W. Bateman speaks at Convocation

President Bradley W. Bateman delivered a message about respect and community as key ingredients for an abundant life Wednesday as Randolph College officially marked the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year with Convocation. The ceremony began with the traditional procession of faculty and seniors from Main Hall into Smith Hall Theatre. Also following tradition, seniors... READ MORE >>

Declassified: Code Girls

Dorothy Braden Bruce ‘42 holds a copy of the recently released book that details her previously top secret experiences as a WWII codebreaker for the U.S. Army.

Alumna’s role in top secret military program finally revealed Dorothy Braden Bruce ’42 was one of the first to learn that the Japanese had surrendered and World War II was over—she even knew before President Harry Truman. But for 70 years, she and the rest of a top secret group of women recruited by the... READ MORE >>

Randolph marks 127th anniversary with Founders’ Day celebration

Sophomores carry the banner and lead the procession to the Sundial

Randolph students, faculty, and staff gathered next to the front steps of Moore Hall Wednesday afternoon for the annual Founders’ Day celebration. The brief ceremony included speeches by President Bradley W. Bateman, Student Government President Tetiana Poliakova ’18, and Class President Aubrey Fane ’18, as well as musical performances by the campus a capella groups... READ MORE >>

Randolph to celebrate Founders’ Day March 28

Seniors robes decked out in buttons from various events at the College.

UPDATE: The Founders’ Day Ceremony, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 28 at 5 p.m. Randolph College will hold its annual Founders’ Day celebration Wednesday, March 21 at 5 p.m. by the front steps of Moore Hall. Founders’ Day is a tradition held each year in March... READ MORE >>

Tradition rings on

Close-up of class rings from Randolph College and Randolph-Macon Woman's College

Last week, several class rings belonging to alumnae from past generations were handed down to Randolph juniors as part of the Ring Week tradition. Here are just a few examples of the connections made: Libby Exline ’19 from Julie Hudgins Carroll ’45 Julie Hudgins Carroll ’45 majored in Spanish and Latin. On campus, she was... READ MORE >>

Randolph to celebrate start of new academic year with Convocation

Seniors sing after the 2016 Convocation ceremony

The Randolph College community will celebrate the official opening of the new academic year with Convocation on Wednesday, August 30, at 4:15 p.m. in Smith Hall Theatre. The annual event will be the first opportunity for seniors to partake in a much-loved tradition, marching in their graduation robes with stoles decked out with buttons collected... READ MORE >>

Randolph 2017 Commencement scheduled May 14

Commencement ceremony at Randolph College

Randolph College will hold its 2017 Commencement ceremony Sunday, May 14 at 10 a.m. in The Dell on Randolph’s campus. The event will be streamed live online at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/randolph/, and updates will be posted throughout the weekend on College social media accounts with #RandolphGrads. In addition to Sunday’s Commencement, other traditions and events are scheduled... READ MORE >>

Randolph celebrates 126th anniversary of College’s founding

Erin McClelland '17 and President Bateman plant a rose on front campus, as is custom for the Founders' Day tradition.

With the establishment of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 1891, William Waugh Smith fulfilled his vision of establishing an educational institution for women that was comparable to those provided for men. On Wednesday evening, the Randolph College community gathered to celebrate Smith and the others who worked so diligently to found the College 126 years ago.... READ MORE >>

Randolph to celebrate 2016 Convocation Tuesday

Procession to 2015 Convocation

The Randolph College community will celebrate the official opening of the new academic year with Convocation on Tuesday, August 30, at 4:30 p.m. in Smith Hall Theatre. Convocation will feature time-honored traditions, including lively cheering and singing among the seniors and their sister class, the sophomores. It will be the first opportunity for seniors to... READ MORE >>

Randolph celebrates the Class of 2016

Graduates process into the Dell

Under a clear sky with a chilly breeze, families, friends, faculty, and staff gathered in the Dell Sunday morning to celebrate the Randolph College Class of 2016. The message for the Commencement ceremony was one of courage and perseverance in the face of change, and speakers encouraged the Class of 2016 to go forward and... READ MORE >>