Thursday, May 23, 2013
Melissa G. Getz of Summerville, S.C., graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. degree in anthropology from the University of Mary Washington.
A total of 1,273 students graduated during the university's 102nd Commencement in a graduate ceremony on Friday, May 10 and in an undergraduate ceremony on Saturday, May 11, on the university's Fredericksburg campus. Dr. William "Bill" Cleveland Bosher Jr., public policy expert and former Virginia superintendent of education, delivered the commencement address for graduate students and Steve Pemberton, business executive, motivational speaker and noted author, gave the undergraduate commencement address.
The University of Mary Washington is a premier, selective public liberal arts and sciences university in Virginia, highly respected for its commitment to academic excellence, strong undergraduate liberal arts and sciences program, and dedication to life-long learning. The university, with a total enrollment of more than 5,000, features colleges of business, education and arts and sciences, and three campuses, including a residential campus in Fredericksburg, Va., a second one in nearby Stafford and a third in Dahlgren, Va., which serves as a center of development of educational and research partnerships between the Navy, higher education institutions and the region's employers. In recent years, the university has seen its academic reputation garner national recognition in numerous selective guidebooks, including Forbes, the Fiske Guide to Colleges and the Princeton Review's 2012 edition of 150 "Best Value Colleges" and the 2013 edition of "The Best 377 Colleges."