The Class of 2015 and the peer mentors visited Mt. Vernon, home to Washington College’s namesake, to sign the honor code and pay tribute to George Washington’s legacy. The Class of 2015 was the first class to sign at Mt. Vernon, anticipating a tradition for future incoming and graduating classes. Students heard from President Rees of Mt. Vernon, Washington College’s President Reiss, and Ian Holstrom ’12, Chair of the Honor Board, who led the class in the reading and signing of the honor code.
During Orientation, all incoming students make the pilgrimage to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens to reaffirm their commitment to the Honor Code—their promise to conduct themselves with honesty and integrity in pursuit of the highest academic and social standards.
Four years later, graduating seniors return to Mount Vernon to mark the successful completion of their degrees and celebrate with a river cruise on the Potomac, tours of the estate, and a champagne toast.
Mount Vernon also plays host to the awarding of the George Washington Book Prize. Last June, the 2012 winner Maya Jansanof, received the $50,000 prize at a black-tie dinner for her book Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World.
“George Washington’s character is very much in evidence at Mount Vernon,” notes President Mitchell Reiss. “By forging a stronger connection between our students and our founding patron, we reinforce the enduring values that we all strive to emulate.”
When Washington College dedicated the J. A. Leo Lemay Library of Early Americana on Friday, April 29, it honored a distinguished historian whose diverse collection of books on American history and culture will now help inspire new generations of scholars’ work on the American founding era. This remarkable library of more than 1,500 books was amassed over a lifetime by distinguished scholar J.A. Leo Lemay, and recently donated to Washington College by his wife, Ann.Now housed at the college’s Patrick Henry Fellows’ Residence, the collection serves the rotating residents of the home, accomplished historians and writers completing residencies at Washington College under the auspices of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.On a sunny April afternoon, more than 50 of Lemay’s colleagues, family, and friends, including his wife, Ann joined Washington College faculty at a celebratory reception at the Fellows’ Residence.