Hampden-Sydney graduates leave the College with their diplomas in hand, ready to display with pride in a frame on the wall of an office or on a shelf at home.
Perhaps more importantly, they take with them the relationships they formed as students—relationships with roommates, classmates, teammates, fraternity brothers, professors, faculty and staff members.
For Johnny Ellis ’70, it’s those relationships that are a genuine source of pride.
“Hampden-Sydney is known for many things—our status as one of only two remaining all-male institutions in the U.S., our strong alumni network, and our rhetoric program, which produces young men who can think and communicate with the best and brightest,” Ellis said. “The relationships I formed at Hampden-Sydney are some of the most important in my life.”
Ellis knew Hampden-Sydney was the right fit for him from his first day on campus in the fall of 1966. Over the next four years he was active in student government, Kappa Alpha fraternity, and various athletics—specifically the Rugby Club, which he co-founded in 1968 and which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. In fact, Ellis continued to play rugby throughout his adult life and credits the sport with several medical procedures he has needed over the years, though he will laughingly tell you, “It has been worth every minute.”