Randolph College has announced that Associate Dean of the College Paula Wallace will serve as the 2018 Commencement speaker. The ceremony will honor about 160 graduates and will take place in the Dell on Sunday, May 13, at 10 a.m.
Beloved by generations of students and graduates, Wallace is the longest-serving member of the Randolph College staff. She is retiring at the conclusion of the academic year, after 45 years of service to the College.
“Paula has served the College extremely well over the course of her career and will always hold a special place in our hearts,” said President Bradley W. Bateman. “She has touched the lives of so many students, alumnae and alumni, and colleagues who have had the privilege to know and work with her. We are extremely grateful for all of her contributions towards the success of the College and its students, and for the kindness, wisdom, and love she has shown to us all through the years.”
Wallace received her B.A. in French from William Jewell College in Missouri and her M.A. in Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She was hired at the College in 1973, as a temporary French professor and resident director for Wright Hall. After a few years of teaching, she took on the role of associate dean of the College, with a primary responsibility of overseeing the College’s academic advising program.
“It is fitting that Dean Wallace’s incredible tenure here at the College culminate with her offering her wisdom and insight to our 2018 graduates,” Bateman said. “She is, and always will be, an important part of the fabric of our community. I cannot think of anyone better suited to serve as our Commencement speaker.”