Chaplain Darrell Headrick
Randolph-Macon College celebrated Baccalaureate service on Friday, May 31, 2013
in the Brock Sports and Recreation Center. The event honored graduating seniors
and brought together the R-MC community in a service that marks the beginning of
the Commencement celebration. R-MC Chaplain Darrell Headrick presided over the service.
“This was my 28th Baccalaureate at the college,” says Headrick. “The R-MC Baccalaureate
has consistently had the largest attendance of any of the five Virginia United Methodist
colleges and universities. Typical attendance for the other schools is 150-250,
while Randolph-Macon’s has averaged 900-1,000. I have always included as many students
in worship leadership as possible. In the service we acknowledge before God the
achievements of our soon-to-be graduates and we offer God’s blessing upon them as
they venture into the future.”
Among the student leaders this year was the first recipient of the Jewish Student
of the Year Award, Justin Baellow
Baellow, an economics/business and arts management major, recently accepted a leadership
position with the Hillel program at the University of Florida. Baellow, who helped
develop R-MC’s Hillel, an organization that offers programs and services to Jewish
students, is also the recipient of the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award.
Also among the student leaders was
Alyssa Warren ’13, who received the George Spotswood Tarry Prize
and the Stephen H. Watts Scholarship for Biology. Warren, a biology and religious
studies major, served as the student speaker at Commencement and has been accepted
to Eastern Virginia Medical School through RMC’s joint BS-MD program with EVMS.
Three Bailey Scholars who participated in Baccalaureate will be attending seminary
in the fall. Randy
Timmerman ’13 (majors: religious studies and computer science)
will be attending Duke Divinity School, Ashley Roth ’13 (major:
religious studies) is headed to Wesley Theological Seminary, and Daniel Burch
’13 (major: religious studies) will attend Union Theological Seminary.
Other student worship leaders include: Ashly Robertson ’13 (major:
psychology), who will attend graduate school at Swansea University in Wales,
Terry Clark ’13 (major: biology),
Elizabeth Luminoso ’13 (majors: religious studies and
English), the recipient of the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award, and Elanya Chin
’13 (majors: philosophy and international studies), the recipient of
the Janet Harvey Trivette and W. Proctor Harvey Jr. Endowed Student Award.
“It was a lovely ceremony,” says Headrick. “Amid the wonderful music provided by
the Randolph-Macon Concert Choir and a brass ensemble, we had students, faculty,
and staff together in celebration.”