Sweet Briar College Marks One Year Since Announcement of Closure
Amherst Co., VA - They call it one of the darkest days their campus ever faced.
Last year on March 3rd, Sweet Briar College made the announcement they would close the school, but they couldn't have imagined the fight that was ahead.
So many thought the legacy of this 119 year old campus would disappear, but it's alive and well.
They remember the moment well.
"Shock and disbelief and then just emotion and tears and it was just a range of different emotions," says senior Citlali Molina.
"I think the worst event that any of us ever faced," confirms English professor, Tony Lilly.
But fast forward a year, and you'd never know it.
The massive effort by alumnae,students, faculty and supporters to raise money and restructure the school's governance paid off.
A rose ceremony gave students a chance to put dirt on the newly planted rose bushes, in honor of the group "Saving Sweet Briar" which raised more than 3 million dollars in a just a few months.
Students and faculty say they were confident they could save the school, and couldn't be happier they did.
Now they're just looking forward to a strong future.
Lilly tells us, "we have such a renewed source of energy now, and a renewed sense of purpose and mission that is going to make us face the future with more dedication and energy and vigor than we've ever had."
And, Sophmore, Kollin Kirven tells us, "it's kind of nostalgic, but it's happier, the vibe here is definitely happier."
The school says so many young women want to make Sweet Briar their home.
Right now there are 1,252 applications for first-year students.
That's close to four hundred more applications than they had this time last year.