Growing a Stronger Tomorrow
September 2021
Dear friends,

What an exciting time for Virginia Wesleyan! Students are back and classes have started. Fall athletics are underway, and we hosted our traditional Batten Honors College Matriculation Ceremony for new Batten scholars and their families once again. As a vaccinated community, we are all enjoying a more normal and more fun start to the academic year.

Among the excitement is our recent announcement during the State of the University Address regarding our record fundraising and endowment growth. Despite the many economic challenges of the pandemic, thanks to a series of gifts, our endowment will grow to $123 million dollars this year. This growth sets up an incredibly strong and stable financial future for the University for decades to come. Words cannot begin to express our profound gratitude to our donors who are committed to growing a stronger tomorrow for students at Virginia Wesleyan University.

Throughout the past month, we have been busy meeting with old and new friends and finally hosting events long postponed by the pandemic. We recently recognized our faculty and staff members who reached service milestones in 2020 and 2021. On September 9, we will host Founders Day Convocation, including the annual Alumni Awards, followed by the dedication the beautifully modernized Susan T. Beverly Hall that evening.

With so much growth and positivity on campus, it's truly a great day to be a Marlin.

State of the University
Despite pandemic-related economic challenges, outside financial support ensures VWU’s prosperity.
VWU Welcomes Fifth Batten Honors College Class
The new class participated in its formal Matriculation Ceremony on August 20. Read More
Gary Bonnewell '79 to Deliver Founders Day Keynote
Formal convocation and Alumni Awards presentation to be held on September 9. Read More
VWU Recognizes Employee Milestones
Fifty-six members of the VWU community honored for service milestones in 2020 and 2021. Read More
VWU Awarded 2021-2022 'Colleges of Distinction' Recognitions
University celebrated for experiential education, with special recognition for business, education, career development, and equity and inclusion. Read More
VWU is a Vaccine Champion University 
VWU continues to monitor and respond to COVID-19. The University has joined with other colleges and universities nationwide pledging and committing to action.