Roanoke College Celebrates Commencement

Salem, VA. - Despite clouds and chilly weather, 461 graduates received degrees at Roanoke College's commencement exercise on the John R. Turbyfill '53 Quadrangle.

The commencement speaker, Rev. R. Paul Henrickson, told the College's graduates to "Do those things that make you feel most alive."

Henrickson, a beloved faith figure at Roanoke, retires this year after 30 years at the College. He is Roanoke's Timothy L. Pickle, Jr. and the Timothy L. Pickle III Dean of the Chapel.

Roanoke President Michael Maxey announced the creation of a new program, named for Henrickson, that will fund service opportunities for students as a form of experiential learning.

The College's Class of 2013 included students from 31 states and seven countries.