Randolph-Macon College held its Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 28, 2011
at 10:00 a.m. at R-MC’s Frank E. Brown Fountain Plaza on Henry Street. Honorary
degrees were presented to four distinguished leaders in business and education during
the ceremony. They are:
Stewart D. Roberson, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Hanover County Public Schools
Richard L. Morrill, Ph.D.
President, Teagle Foundation
James E. Scanlon, Ph.D.
R-MC Professor Emeritus of History
Helen Bates “Penny” Chenery
Owner & Breeder of Triple Crown Winner Secretariat
Hanover County Public
Schools Superintendent Stewart D. Roberson, Ed.D., will receive
the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree. He is one of the longest- serving
superintendents in Virginia and the third longest-serving in Hanover since 1870.
Under Roberson’s direction, Hanover County Public Schools (HCPS) was the first school
district in Virginia to receive the U.S. Senate Productivity Award for Continuing
Excellence and has received 10 National Blue Ribbon School Awards by the U.S. Department
of Education. Additionally, all Hanover high schools offer Advanced Placement, International
Baccalaureate and dual enrollment options to their students. The district enrolls
nearly 20,000 students.
Teagle Foundation President
Richard L. Morrill, Ph.D., will receive the Honorary Doctor of
Humane Letters Degree. The Teagle Foundation serves as a national voice in higher
education policy and a catalyst for change to improve undergraduate student learning
in the arts and sciences. Morrill served as president of the University of Richmond
from 1988 to 1998 and continues to serve in the honorary position of chancellor.
Morrill currently is president of the board of the Richmond Symphony Foundation,
a director of the Library of Virginia Foundation, chairman of the Tredegar Corporation,
and a director of the Albemarle Corporation and of the Williamsburg Investment Trust.
Professor Emeritus James
E. Scanlon, Ph.D., will receive the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
Degree. He is a Professor Emeritus of history at Randolph-Macon College and serves
as the college historian. He is the author of Randolph-Macon College: A Southern
History 1825 – 1967 (University Press of Virginia, 1983). A celebrated
educator, mentor and friend, Scanlon has received numerous awards during his career
at R-MC which spans nearly 45 years. He has written a variety of articles and reviews
in revered publications including the History of Education Quarterly and the Virginia
Magazine of History and Biography. Scanlon is currently researching and writing
his second historical book about the college, Randolph-Macon College: Traditions
and New Directions 1967 – 2005.
Helen Bates “Penny” Chenery
was presented the Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree during a special ceremony
at Randolph-Macon College on Monday, March 28, 2011. Chenery will also be recognized
during the college’s Commencement ceremony. She is the owner and breeder of Secretariat,
winner of the 1973 Triple Crown of racing. In 1969, Chenery took over management
of her family’s farm and breeding enterprise at nearby Meadow Farm in Caroline County,
Virginia, now the site of the Virginia State Fairgrounds. Her story was featured
in the Disney Film Secretariat, with actress Diane Lane portraying this
Randolph-Macon College Commencement will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May
28, 2011 at the R-MC Frank E. Brown Fountain Plaza on Henry Street. (In the event
of rain, commencement will be held in the Randolph-Macon Brock Recreation Center,
located at 400 N. Center Street, at 10 a.m.) The speaker will be noted Civil War historian
Dr. James “Bud” Robertson Jr. ’55, whose biography of General “Stonewall”
Jackson, Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend (Macmillan,
1997), won eight national awards and was used as the basis for the mega-movie “Gods