On a sunny morning on the lawn of Venable Hall, 230 men joined the ranks of the nation's 5th best alumni network. Saturday, May 12, 2018, marked the commencement exercises of the 243rd year of Hampden-Sydney College.
In addition to remarks from College President Larry Stimpert, the assembled faculty, staff, graduates, family, and friends were addressed by the president of the American Enterprise Institute, Arthur C. Brooks, and the senior class valedictorian, Hayden J. Dougherty '18, a Chemistry and Economics double major.
Hayden reminded his fellow brothers of the lessons they learned during their time at H-SC. "Hampden-Sydney men are to be held to the highest standard of honor, integrity, and character. Honor, integrity, and character: three virtues that alone are important, but together create the essence of a man who is ready to face the world and all of its challenges."
Encouraging the graduates to focus on elements in their control, Brooks noted, "Never forget this advice on your life happiness portfolio: faith, family, friends, and work. Make a deposit each day and prepare to live your best life."
President Stimpert remarked, "This diploma is a tangible symbol of the preparation you have received here to pursue your dreams, purpose, and aspirations; to be a good man and a good citizen; and to lead and serve, with competence and honor, the families you will form, the organizations where you work, the communities you call home, and our larger society."