Exciting Announcements and Valued Traditions
October 2022
Dear friends,
I am delighted to share two exciting announcements. First, Congressman Bobby Scott will be our keynote speaker at our VWU Global Campus Commencement on December 17, 2022. Congressman Scott has been an incredible advocate for students nationwide, and we're delighted for him to share his experience and vision for higher education with the Class of 2022.

Second, I am pleased to share Dr. Susan E. Larkin has been named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Larkin has been a member of the VWU faculty for nearly 15 years and has served in academic administration for the last three years. Her commitment to innovation, collaboration, and student success will continue to serve the Marlin community extremely well.

While we plan for the future, the start of the Fall semester also sees traditions like Founders Day, the Alumni Awards celebration, and the Batten Honors College Convocation. Our thanks to Founders Day keynote speaker Hon. Deborah Paxson '75, and our congratulations to alumni award recipients, Michael J. White ’81 (Distinguished Alumnus Award), Brandon L. Adair ’12 (Alumni Service Award), and Jessie K. Dawe ’08 (The Beacon Award). Dr. D. Derek Aday, Dean and Director of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, provided the keynote address at the Batten Honors College Convocation as we recognized the newest BHC scholars with a pinning ceremony to mark their full integration into this elite program.

Virginia Wesleyan was once again recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a top national liberal arts college. VWU is again ranked among the top campuses in “Ethnic Diversity” for National Liberal Arts Colleges and is featured in the "Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” category. The University is also recognized as a “Top Performer on Social Mobility.” We are proud to hold this designation, as it represents the diverse, global community in which our University is located. We are a welcoming, inclusive campus with an outstanding, nationally prominent academic reputation—and we take pride in fostering the kinds of values and traditions that make our students proud to have chosen us for their career and life success.

I hope to see you at one of our many Homecoming and Family Weekend events happening this weekend on campus. Go, Marlins!

Congressman Bobby Scott to Serve as December Commencement Speaker
The mid-year ceremony will take place December 17 in the Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center. Read More
Dr. Susan Larkin Named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Veteran administrator, scholar, faculty member assumes role September 30.
2022 Homecoming and Family Weekend
Join us this weekend (October 7-9) for fall fun and festivities. Read More
Founders Day Celebrates 'Connection, Family and Home'
Deborah Paxson ’75 pays tribute to the University's founding trustees, faculty and staff. Read More
Batten Honors College Convocation 2022
Dr. D. Derek Aday of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science encourages students to open their minds to new, strange and different. Read More
VWU Honors 2022 Alumni Award Recipients
Graduates were celebrated as part of the University’s annual Founders Day celebration. Read More
NACU Podcast
Join me and Sean Creighton from New American Colleges and Universities as we discuss the present and future of higher education. Listen Now
VWU Named Among U.S. News 'Best Colleges' for 2023
The University is again recognized as a top National Liberal Arts College and for its diversity and social mobility. Read More