Founders Day

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 >>

Founders’ Day ceremony celebrates College’s past and future

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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 Thursday evening, the Randolph College community gathered to celebrate Smith and the others who worked so diligently to found the College 125 years ago.... READ MORE >>

Randolph celebrates 125th anniversary of College’s founding

Dennis Goff, Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology, wishes the College a happy birthday.

As early as 1883 and 1885, then president of Randolph-Macon College (R-MC) in Ashland, Va., W.W. Bennett, with the support of faculty (which included William Waugh Smith) approached the college’s Board of Trustees in an attempt to open some educational opportunities there to women. Both efforts failed. Years later, when Smith himself was president, he once... READ MORE >>