Hollins University to celebrate 179th Commencement

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Hollins University will honor members of the Class of 2021 who will be receiving their bachelor’s degrees as well as graduate students earning advanced degrees both this year and last year during the school’s 179th Commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 19 at 10 a.m.

Undergraduates from the Class of 2020, whose commencement was postponed last year due to the pandemic, have elected to have their celebration coincide with Hollins’ Reunion Weekend in June of 2022.

This year’s commencement will be held on the college’s athletic practice fields, in order to most safely accommodate graduates and guests.

Guests will be limited to three per graduate.

The 179th Commencement ceremony will recognize undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts and Fine Arts as well as the Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degrees.

During the ceremony, the following awards will also be announced:

  • The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award – honoring a senior and a member of the Hollins community who has shown by daily living those qualities that demonstrate love and helpfulness to others.
  • The Annie Terrill Bushnell Award – presented to a senior who has evidenced the finest spirit of leadership during their tenure at Hollins.
  • The Jackie Cocke Funkhouser Award – highlights the junior or senior who, in addition to being a good student, is preeminent in character and leadership.

This year’s guest speaker will be Elizabeth Kolmstetter, Ph.D., a member of the Hollins’ Class of 1985, who has pioneered numerous innovative talent management programs across eight federal agencies.

For more information about this year’s ceremony, or to watch the live stream of the ceremony on Wednesday, May 19, click here.

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