May 24, 2022

UMW Graduates Class of 2022

The University of Mary Washington conferred undergraduate and graduate degrees upon a total of 1,163 students during its 111th Commencement ceremony, held on Saturday, May 7, at 9 a.m. on Ball Circle. The University awarded three Master of Geospatial Analysis degrees, 34 Master of Business Administration degrees, 62 Master of Education degrees, 47 Master of […]

Class of 2022: Stellar Student Stories, Part 1 of 3

The Class of 2022 began freshman year like any other, swept up in longstanding University of Mary Washington traditions like Move-In Day, Eagle Gathering and Honor Convocation. That all changed when they were sophomores. Classes went online, study abroad trips were postponed and everything – activities, internships and volunteer experiences – became virtual. But these […]

College of Education Countdown is Complete: Six Things About Seacobeck

Future educators began filling its classrooms and meeting spaces this semester, but a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday made it official: Seacobeck Hall is the new home of the University of Mary Washington’s College of Education and Office of Disability Resources. A years-long renovation transformed the building – which served as a dining hall for decades – […]

UMW Gives Student’s Bookmobile Project a Lift

Hollis Cobb’s days growing up were bookended. He read each morning before school and snuggled in for family story time before bed. “I can appreciate how important it was that we had access to books and parents who had time to read to us,” said Cobb, now a junior English major at the University of […]

Win-Win: UMW Grad Students Help Fill Area Teacher Shortage

Last fall, Chloe Wade taught art under the supervision of an experienced teacher. This semester, she’s the one in charge. “I’m having an amazing time being in my own classroom and getting to choose the lessons myself,” said Wade, whose students at Falmouth Elementary in Stafford are experimenting with tempera paint and watercolors. A graduate […]

Catlett’s Keynote Highlights Black History Month Events

When Marceline “Marci” Catlett speaks at the University of Mary Washington next week, she plans to mention some of the people who made an impact on her. Namely, civil rights icon and late Mary Washington professor James Farmer. “Learning about Black history from Dr. Farmer and others helped mold me and provided me with knowledge, […]

College of Education, City Spin New Type of Story

Each time Melissa Wells has taught “Literature and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms,” her students have partnered with local teachers to create children’s books to use in their classes. That wasn’t an option after the pandemic hit, said Wells, an assistant professor in University of Mary Washington’s College of Education (COE). But her colleague, Leslie […]

Young Alumna Wins County-Wide New Elementary Teacher Award

When Amelia Carr taught her kindergartners to recognize words by sight, she got a little help from her siblings. In a YouTube video, the trio belts out Sister Sledge’s ’70s anthem We Are Family, with Carr demonstrating on a whiteboard how to write the word “we.” For her ingenuity, passion and knack for making learning […]

College of Education Graduates to New State-of-the-Art Home

Barbara Bishop Mann ’66 remembers making peanut butter and jelly crackers on linen-clad tables. Gayle Petro ’79 pumped pink frozen yogurt from a newfangled machine. Susan Doig ’91, M.Ed. ’06, and friends got creative, making potato skins by topping tubers with salad bar staples and cranking them through a grill-type toaster. “A lot of bonding […]

World Lessons Inspire Sophomore to Pen Children’s Book

Home during quarantine, University of Mary Washington sophomore Helen Dhue found herself rifling through childhood belongings. Among old papers and artwork, she discovered a book she wrote as a kindergartner. As she turned the pages, inspiration struck. Influenced by classes she’d taken at Mary Washington as part of her history major, Dhue put pen to […]