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W&L to Celebrate 222nd Commencement on June 4

— by on June 2nd, 2009

Washington and Lee University will celebrate its 222nd undergraduate commencement on Thursday, June 4, on its historic Front Lawn in front of Lee Chapel.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. with remarks by President Kenneth P. Ruscio and graduating senior Richard S. Cleary Jr., immediate past president of the Executive Committee of the student body. The event will be streamed live on the University’s Web site at

Graduation-related events, award ceremonies and receptions will begin on June 3, with a baccalaureate service led by William C. “Burr” Datz, director of leadership development and coordinator of religious life. The Rev. Jennifer Strawbridge, associate rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, Va.,, and a 2001 graduate of W&L, will give the keynote address.

Among this year’s outstanding graduates are students receiving special honors and highly competitive scholarships: