The Rhetoric Proficiency Exam has become a rite of passage for every Hampden-Sydney student since its establishment over 30 years ago. That means two-thirds of our living alumni have taken this exam-an exam students are required to pass before graduating from the College. The importance of passing this exam has doubtlessly led to many sleepless nights for young men on The Hill. However, the rhetorical skills developed by our students have time and again proven valuable in an array of careers.
About 10 years ago, The Hampden-Sydney Club of Atlanta began gathering to celebrate these skills, and to encourage current students preparing for the exam. This year, in an act of solidarity, Hampden-Sydney alumni gathered in more than 30 locations around the world, to toast and celebrate the occasion of the Rhetoric Proficiency Exam, and the success of their fellow Tigers. Hampden-Sydney alumni gatherings took place in homes, restaurants, bars, clubs, and even the Tiger Inn.
We look forward to having more and more Rhetoric Proficiency Exam toasts and believe that whenever two or more alumni are gathered there is an opportunity to celebrate our alma mater.