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      Longwood Holds Saturday Commencement

      Courtesy: Longwood College

      Farmville, Va.- A Longwood University alumnus who is a Hollywood actor spoke to graduates at his alma mater's undergraduate commencement Saturday.

      Ransford Doherty is a 1997 graduate of Longwood who currently has recurring roles in two network television shows.

      "Far too often in our quest for the prize, we compromise our character, becoming characters who lack character," said Doherty.

      Longwood awarded 843 bachelor's degrees during the May 11 ceremony and 179 master's degrees during a first-time commencement May 10 for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Among the undergraduates were the 25 graduates in Longwood's inaugural class of nursing students.

      The keynote speaker at the nursing pinning ceremony May 10 was Dr. Patricia Cormier, who as Longwood president from 1996-2010 oversaw the launching of the nursing program.

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