STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- **NOTE: Live video is at bottom of this article.
Today, on August 31, Mary Baldwin College will officially become Mary Baldwin University and kick off its 175th anniversary year in a ceremony at 10:55 a.m. on Page Terrace in front of Grafton Library — the traditional site of Mary Baldwin’s Commencement Exercises.
You can watch live video of the ceremony at the bottom of this article in two forms: Facebook Live video being recorded by WHSV's Jared Kline or Mary Baldwin's official livestream.
The celebration will include a formal procession with faculty, administrators, special guests, and leadership boards; musical selections featuring performers from the Heifetz International Music Institute, Madison Brass, and African Drummer Paschal Young; remarks from U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte; and proclamations hailing MBU’s legacy from local government, state lawmakers, and the governor’s office.
“We celebrate a moment of public metamorphosis,” said President Pamela Fox. “This is not a mere change in name or indication of plans we hope to accomplish, but rather a reflection of the dynamic university we have already created.”
The event will be held on Mary Baldwin’s annual Charter Day. Students representing all five student entry points to the university (the Mary Baldwin College for Women, Baldwin Online and Adult Programs, the College of Education, Shakespeare and Performance, and the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences) will each receive a charter as a symbol of the importance of student self-governance at Mary Baldwin.
There will also be special announcements about upcoming events and initiatives, along with remarks from President Pamela Fox and Board of Trustees Chair Jane Harding Miller ’76.
Cadets in the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin will raise the MBU flag for the first time, and several local churches will participate in a peal of bells at the conclusion of the ceremony.
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