January 28, 2023

Commencement Crowns Challenging Year for Class of 2021

Sandra Vasquez’s cap said it all: “Sometimes I cried. Sometimes I doubted. But I never gave up.” Written in Spanish, the subject Vasquez studied at the University of Mary Washington, the glittery message on her mortarboard summed up the year. But the moment, she said, felt “surreal.” “It’s crazy. You go through school for so […]

UMW Pivots for COVID-Era Commencements

Hannah Checkeye ’21 will cross the University of Mary Washington Commencement stage this weekend with more than she could have imagined when she came to campus four years ago. She chose UMW because it gave her a pathway to pursue two passions: lacrosse and med school. Successful in both, she’s one of a handful of […]

Class of 2021: Portraits of Perseverance, Part 1

Last spring, when the University of Mary Washington suddenly switched to remote learning, students found themselves in new territory, especially rising seniors. Nevertheless, they didn’t let the global pandemic stop them. They continued to excel academically, partake in extracurricular activities and serve as campus leaders, helping the rest of the UMW community navigate through the […]

Class of 2021: Portraits of Perseverance, Part 1

Last spring, when the University of Mary Washington suddenly switched to remote learning, students found themselves in new territory, especially rising seniors. Nevertheless, they didn’t let the global pandemic stop them. They continued to excel academically, partake in extracurricular activities and serve as campus leaders, helping the rest of the UMW community navigate through the […]