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Ferrum College Celebrates 95th Annual Commencement


Ferrum College Celebrates 95th Annual Commencement

Nearly 200 Graduates of the Class of 2011 received diplomas, are urged to make the world better for others.

Ferrum, Va. (May 5, 2011) – Ferrum College  held Commencement ceremonies for 2011 on Saturday, May 7th at the newly dedicated Hart International Plaza in the center of campus.  A picnic lunch on the lawn was held immediately afterward for the for the 195 graduates and their guests.

“Heed the words of George Washington,” the graduates were advised by commencement speaker James A. (Jim) Davis ‘65, president emeritus of Shenandoah University and former faculty member and academic dean at Ferrum.  Davis read passages from Washington’s famous book on the rules of civility, urging the graduates to live life by being “tenderhearted but tough minded.”  Among the quotes from Washington,  Davis selected, “Associate yourself with people of good quality.  It is better to be alone than to be in bad company.”  Davis wrote his own version of Washington’s book, updating it with rules to deal with such modern advancements as cell phones and automobiles.  Each graduate received a copy of Davis’ book along with their diploma.

Jim Grobe ’72, head football coach at Wake Forest University and member of the then Ferrum Junior College Coastal Conference championship football team, under legendary Coach Hank Norton, received the Benjamin M. Beckham Medallion, Ferrum’s highest alumni honor.  During brief remarks, Grobe praised Ferrum College and Coach Norton, saying, “I learned a lot more about character than I did about football, and I learned a lot about football.”  Grobe said he was “proud to be a Ferrum graduate” and urged those about to receive their diplomas to, “go out and make a better life for other people.”

Graduates also participated in a traditional Baccalaureate service on Friday evening in Vaughn Chapel.  The service concluded with a candlelight ceremony at Hart International Plaza to symbolize the light of knowledge that the new graduates will carry forth into the world.

For photos from Commencement, click here.