Commencement exercises for the University of Lynchburg’s undergraduate Class of 2023 were held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 18, on Shellenberger Field. All told, 394 undergraduates — 203 Bachelor of Arts and 191 Bachelor of Science — received their diplomas.
Victoria Hauck ’26 isn’t your typical first-year. She’s 29, a licensed massage therapist, and an artist. She’s also legally blind.
Special education major Laurence Walker ’24 is a parent, a stroke survivor, and a cancer patient. He’s also a poet, the student representative for the Neurodiversity Alliance, and previously earned a degree in divinity.
Sometimes it’s an afternoon trip to the adventure course on the wooded outskirts of campus. Sometimes it’s a soul-shaking expedition all the way out in the Grand Canyon. No matter the journey, one walks away from it with a refreshed perspective, new skills, and good memories — par for the course when it comes to Outdoor Leadership Programs with Tim Slusser ’22.
Starting this fall, the University of Lynchburg will offer three new undergraduate degrees exclusively to adult learners, or Access students: a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies, a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Diversity Strategies, and a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Community and Nonprofit Leadership.
At 40, Norma White ’90, ’94 MEd decided to fulfill a lifelong dream. She would attend college and become a mental health counselor. Lynchburg’s Access Program was there to make it happen — first with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, then a Master of Education in Agency Counseling.
Teresa Gunter ’20 will admit that when she first started taking classes at the University of Lynchburg in Spring 2011, she had no idea what she was getting herself into.
Social distancing didn’t keep four University of Lynchburg history majors from participating in the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society regional conference on March 27 — and it also didn’t keep one of them from taking the virtual meeting’s top prize.