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The Class of 2011: A Part of History

Appreciation of past helps first coed class carve its place.

The Class of 2011 knows history. When they arrived on campus nearly four years ago, they made it. They were the first fully coeducational class of students and the first to enter Randolph College. They also know respect. In the first days of classes, these students sported special shirts proclaiming, “I am Proud of the W,” their promise to Randolph-Macon Woman’s College alumnae that they would never forget the College’s rich history.

During their four years, they upheld cherished traditions and created new ones. They formed new athletic teams, broke records, and learned to be mentors to the underclasswomen and men who followed. They excelled in the classroom and on the performance stage. They built close relationships with faculty and staff. They created new clubs and continued old ones. They laughed, they cried, and they grieved for Jenna King, who died in a car accident in 2008. They studied in Lynchburg, across the nation, and around the world.

They lived through the ups and downs of the College’s transition to coeducation and used the experiences to grow and mature. They made Randolph College their own.

This May, the Class of 2011 will leave the Red Brick Wall prepared to make a difference in the world—just like the 13,000 alumnae before them.

“It’s pretty remarkable to think back about everything our class went through,” said Aaron Humphreys ’11. “We’ve shown that we can make Randolph a better place without forgetting the past.”

The members of the Class of 2011 have made their mark on Randolph College. These women and men will graduate as part of a close family, a community that will provide connections wherever they go.

“You know that this is it for this part of your life,” said Alexis “Lexi” Mandarakas ’11. “I’ve been put to the test, not just in my sport, but in academics. And I’m going to have the relationships I formed here the rest of my life. I know I can always come back, and it will be like coming home. This has been my family for the past four years, but it’s time to move on and take what I’ve been taught and go live the rest of my life.”