Randolph-Macon will be streaming
the 2014 Commencement ceremony live at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014.
Randolph-Macon College will celebrate Commencement on May 31, 2014 at the Frank
E. Brown Fountain Plaza. Two hundred twenty-five graduates will be awarded degrees.
A full list of day’s events, including schedules and accommodations is available
on the R-MC Commencement
2014 web site.
Following tradition, seniors will march across the “Red Brick Road,” located on
the college's historic campus along the Janet Harvey Trivette Alumni Walkway. The
name of each graduate will be imprinted on a brick and the walkway, which will eventually
contain the names of every graduate dating back to the early 1900s.
Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degrees
R-MC graduates will welcome Emmy Award-winning journalist
Brit Hume, who will serve as this year’s Commencement speaker.
With more than 43 years of journalism experience, Hume currently serves as a senior
political analyst for FOX News Channel and contributes to all major political coverage.
Before joining FOX News in 1996, Hume was with ABC News for 23 years, serving as
chief White House correspondent from 1989 through 1996. During his tenure, he contributed
to World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline and This Week as well as various
specials for the news division.
Hume, who will receive the Honorary Degree Doctor of Letters, will be joined by
three other honorary degree
Paul Sekyere-Nyantakyi ’93, M.D. will receive the Honorary Degree
Doctor of Science. Sekyere-Nyantakyi ’93 is the Chief Executive Officer of MDS-Lancet
Laboratories in Accra, Ghana.
William M. Kelso, Ph.D. will receive the Honorary Degree Doctor
of Science. Kelso is the Director of Research & Interpretation of Jamestown
Rediscovery at Historic Jamestowne, a site jointly managed by Preservation Virginia
and the National Park Service.
Brian P. Lamb will receive the Honorary Degree Doctor of Letters.
Lamb is a journalist and the founder, executive chairman and now retired CEO of
C-SPAN. Lamb has been at the helm of the public affairs channel since he helped
the cable industry launch it in 1979.
The Bruce M. Unger Award for Retiring Faculty
Dr. Bruce M. Unger was a political science
professor at Randolph-Macon College for 40 years. He was a celebrated educator and
received numerous awards during his career. Unger planned to retire in 2008, but
lost his courageous fight against cancer before his retirement was official. The
Bruce M. Unger Award was established to recognize the contributions of retiring
faculty with more than ten years of service to the College.
The Bruce M. Unger Award Recipients
Amy V. deGraff, Ph.D., Professor of French
Amy V. deGraff, who joined the faculty in 1978, served as chair of the Department
of Romance Languages for 11 years. She was the recipient of the Helen Warriner-Burke
Distinguished Service award from the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (2012),
an Outstanding Chapter Award from The American Association of Teachers of French
(2009) and the Palmes Academiques from the French Government (2008). deGraff earned
her B.A. from University of Michigan, her M.A. from University of Illinois and her
Ph.D. from University of Virginia.
Charles J. Leska, Ph.D., Professor of
Charles J. Leska joined the faculty in 2001 and served as chair of the Computer
Science department for the past four years. He also served six years on the Curriculum
Committee. A member of both the Technology Advisory Committee and the Committee
on Faculty Development, Leska earned his B.S. from LeMoyne College, his M.A. from
University of Vermont and his Ph.D. from Syracuse University.
Joseph E. Mattys, M.F.A., Professor of Drama
Joseph E. Mattys, who joined the faculty in 1990, directed 50 R-MC theater productions,
including more than 100 performances of A Christmas Carol. Mattys served as chair
of the Department of the Arts since 2005, and for the last several years he was
the director of the First-Year Experience program. In 2009 he was the recipient
of R-MC’s Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Faculty award. Mattys earned his B.A.
from Colorado College, his M.A. from Illinois State University and his M.F.A. from
University of Virginia.
Daniel V. McCaffrey, Ph.D., Professor of Classics
Daniel V. McCaffrey joined the faculty in 1975. An early user of computerized instruction
for teaching Classical languages, he also pioneered the computer literacy program
on the Randolph-Macon campus. McCaffrey received the United Methodist Church Exemplary
Teaching Award in 2012 and the Samuel Nelson Gray award in 2002. He also served
on the faculty of the annual Governor’s Latin Academy, which is held at R-MC. McCaffrey
earned his B.A. from Fordham University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Robert J. Resnick, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology
Robert J. Resnick joined the faculty in 1996. He is internationally recognized as
an expert in the area of ADHD. Resnick has served as an expert for the Virginia
State Police, a volunteer at the Fan Free Clinic, a member of the advisory board
for the Daily Planet, and a member of the Board of Directors Executive Committee
of the Jewish Community Center. Resnick earned his B.A. from Syracuse University,
his M.A. from Temple University and his Ph.D. from University of Tennessee.
This year’s Senior Speaker, Keith "Ky" Hoang ’14, is an
economics/business and arts management
major. A member of Sigma Phi Epsilon
fraternity, Hoang was in 2012 awarded a $1,000 Sigma Phi Epsilon National
Competition Scholarship by the SigEp Educational Foundation.
Hoang also served as a student representative on the College Life Committee, was
an Orientation Leader his junior year and one of only two Head Orientation Leaders
his senior year. In addition, Hoang served as a mentor in the
Higgins Academic Center, completed two internships
and studied abroad in Great Britain.
Most recently, Hoang was presented the
2014 Greek Man of the Year award at the annual Omicron Delta Kappa Awards
Senior Success Stories
Randolph-Macon seniors are doing great things and planning for the future. Read
these stories about members of the Class of 2014:
Nationally-certified ASL Interpreters will be provided by Sign Language Professionals,