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The Blue & Gray Press | February 24, 2019

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Pressing questions of future plans cause students more stress

February 7, 2019 |

Staff Writer
As soon as I began college, I was pressed to provide answers about internships, jobs and other future plans- but I never felt ready to answer them, or that I had the right answer. Read More

Developed resumes prepare graduates for job competition

October 25, 2018 |

Staff Writer
Graduation is both anticipated and feared by senior students.Read More

Walking or winning, some athletes miss out on graduation

October 4, 2018 |

Staff Writers
It is not about post-grad jobs or internships that are already on every senior’s mind, it is about the privilege of walking across the graduation stage.Read More

How seniors spend the dead week before graduation

April 26, 2018 |

By T’Keyah Jones

Staff Writer

As we near the end of classes for the spring semester and begin studying for finals week, everyone is ready for a getaway. Read More

The workforce can wait: why college seniors should consider post-graduation travel

November 2, 2016 |


“Congrats,” “Make the Most of it,” and “Have Fun,” are all phrases I have heard over and over at my high school graduation, along with, “college will be the best four years of your life.”Read More

Don’t be so quick to judge college graduates living at home

April 21, 2016 |


You’ve just graduated, diploma in hand and ready to begin life in the real world. Now, the first step is… to move back into your childhood bedroom at your parents’ house. After four years of living more or less on your own, moving home after graduation can feel like a step backwards, in no small part due to the social stigma associated with it.
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University now offers graduation cords for campus involvement

March 31, 2016 |


The end of the academic school year is fast approaching. As professors and students alike begin to wrap up their semesters with an eye towards summer vacation, there is a portion of the school population that is preparing for, whether with dread or excitement, May 7, 2016.Read More

Graduating seniors can prepare for the future with 16 before 16 checklist

October 1, 2015 |


According to the Washington Post, only 62 percent of college graduates entered a field that required a college degree, while only 27 percent of those graduates landed a job that was directly related to that field.
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Students may face brighter job prospects after graduation

April 15, 2015 |


As graduation rapidly approaches for the University of Mary Washington’s class of 2015, the goal of finding a job looms ever more threateningly above the heads of students. Read More

Commencement speaker for class of 2015 announced

March 19, 2015 |


Fredericksburg native, Pamela E. Bridgewater was named as the commencement speaker for the University of Mary Washington’s 2015 graduating class.Read More

Venture out of your comfort zones, graduates

March 18, 2015 |


I ended up at a party this weekend that was inhabited almost solely by University of Mary Washington graduates. Read More

Letter to the Editor: Volunteering is great way to finish graduation requirements

February 25, 2015 |

As the spring semester has arrived, most seniors are finishing up their last minute requirements that will allow them to graduate.Read More

Staff editorial: Bachelor's degrees prove less valuable in job market

April 10, 2013 |

Graduation is quickly approaching and the job search is both time consuming and stressful. We all wonder about the likelihood of actually sealing the deal after graduation.Read More

Staff Editorial: Chosen commencement speakers show unoriginality from university

April 3, 2013 |

It seems that the University of Mary Washington’s efforts to go green don’t stop at recycling and modifying its architecture, but go so far as to reuse guest speakers for major campus events.Read More

UMW Students Unprepared For May Graduation

February 22, 2012 |


I asked UMW’s graduating seniors three questions: what have you done to prepare for graduation? Have you utilized any of UMW’s facilities to prepare for graduation? Do you feel UMW is a good school to prepare you … Read More

Commencement Speakers Named

April 20, 2011 |

The University of Mary Washington officially announced the graduation speakers on Dec. 6 for this year’s graduate and undergraduate commencement addresses, choosing speakers that continue UMW’s active role in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides.

The two congressmen, … Read More

Thought You Knew: Nostalgia Before Graduation

April 20, 2011 |

It finally feels like spring, but I’m still sad. Only this time I don’t think it’s due to a chemical imbalance in my brain.

With two weeks left of the semester, and, for me and hopefully most other seniors, two … Read More

Letter to the Editor: UMW Graduation Policy Too Strict

April 20, 2011 |

Dear Editor,

UMW has a strict policy in place that prevents students who haven’t completely finished the required 120 credits within four years from walking across the graduation stage with their class. This includes those students who are merely one … Read More

Class of ’11 laments the future

February 2, 2011 |

Jan. 28 marked the beginning of the end for the class of 2011.

With the realization that May 7 is fewer than 100 days away, seniors gathered in the Great Hall for Senior Countdown to gamble, win raffle prizes and … Read More

Graduation attire goes green

November 11, 2010 |

By Frances Womble

Graduates at this year’s commencement ceremony will be sporting a new color – green.

For the first time, UMW seniors will have eco-friendly regalia, made from renewable resources.

This new regalia, part of The Elements Collection … Read More

Speakers Announced for UMW Graduation

April 21, 2010 |


Retired Virginia Senator John Chichester and Executive Vice President of Worldwide Creative Operations at Universal Pictures Daniel R. Wolfe have been named as speakers for the respective graduate and undergraduate commencement addresses for the University … Read More

Single White Unemployed Female: Lots to Miss: One Senior Tells The Things She'll Pine for After Graduation

April 7, 2010 |

In honor of the “Best and Worst of Mary Washington” being featured in this issue, I thought I’d give my “Things I’ll Miss the Most About UMW,” in no particular order. Since there’s only a few weeks until graduation, I … Read More

Hurley Will Shake Seniors' Hands at Commencement

March 24, 2010 |


With the recent announcement that President Judy Hample will be resigning as of April 1, many seniors are left wondering how this will affect the rapidly approaching Graduation Ceremony.

Hample, who originally announced that she would be … Read More

Liberal Arts Majors Have to Face the Music After College

February 3, 2010 |

The state of the economy makes finding a job after college harder than ever, particularly for those majoring in non-traditional subjects, such as music.

This added pressure has led several UMW students to change their majors from music to something … Read More

Staff Editorial: Does Class Registration Need to be Revamped?

November 18, 2009 |

Students at Mary Washington are no strangers to experiencing issues while signing up for classes—either someone you know, or you yourself have experienced the living nightmare that can result from the course registration process at UMW.

It’s quite easy to … Read More

Some Find Registration a Headache

November 18, 2009 |

Ashley Reams graduated from UMW last May, one year later than she had planned. According to Reams, she was unable to graduate with her class due to course registration problems.

“I knew it would be close to graduate, but not … Read More

Va. First Lady Anne Holton is Commencement Speaker

March 26, 2009 |


Virginia First Lady Anne Holton will be the speaker for Mary Washington’s 2009 commencement.

She will address this year’s graduating class in Ball Circle on Saturday, May 9, according to a message from the Office of the … Read More

Young Women Should Seek Mentors

February 21, 2008 |

By ALYSSA BEST Guest Columnist

Thousands of smart young women are are settling into their final semester at America’s top colleges and universities without a clue of how to get a job after graduation.

Six years ago, I was one … Read More