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Randolph’s dual degree students graduate from Washington University

A group of students recently graduated from Washington University as part of the Randolph’s Dual Degree Program.

The unique opportunity allows Randolph students to major in engineering physics, earning two degrees in the time it normally takes to get one. Students spend three years at Randolph, taking physics, chemistry, math, and computer science courses. They then have the option to apply to an associated engineering school to complete their program over two more years.

Randolph has agreements with both Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Virginia.

The Class of 2021 graduates are:

Nhut Ming Dang, B.S. in systems science engineering, masters in engineering management
Najahe Eldridge, B.S. in electrical engineering
Brian Higgins, B.S. in mechanical engineering
Zach Vernon, B.S. in systems science engineering

Zach Vernon ’21

Vernon was also awarded the David H. Levy Award for Distinguished Service from Washington University’s Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering. The recognition was for work he did earlier in the school year, helping the department put together lab kits and other aspects of the transition to remote learning.

Vernon, who has taken a job with the Kollmorgen Corporation in Radford, said he chose the Dual Degree Program because of the flexibility it offers.

“I was also able to explore a lot of my other interests at Randolph, with all the electives I took,” he said. “And, just generally, I think I’m a more well-rounded student and person after studying at a liberal arts college.”

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