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GRADUATION 2010: Seniors honor founder with class gift

May 12, 2010 : Kristen Riordan

Senior communications major Kristen Riordan (in green shirt at right) poses with her family during the 2006 Parents Weekend dinner with the chancellor in the DeMoss Hall grand lobby.

This year’s graduating class marks the end of an era; as freshmen in the 2006-07 academic year, the Class of 2010 is the last class to know Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr. as active chancellor. They are the last class to have heard Falwell’s famous “Never Give Up” sermon, the last to see him at sporting events, the last to see him zooming around campus in his black Suburban and the last to shake his hand.

In honor of the closing of his era, the Student Government Association and the Class of 2010 are presenting a special gift, to be unveiled at graduation and placed on Liberty Mountain overlooking campus soon after.

“The purpose of this project was to give a gift to the university from the senior class. But our main priority was to do something that would honor Dr. Falwell since we were the last freshman class to be under his leadership as chancellor,” said senior class president Neal Tuley.

“We figured this would be the best way to honor him, by showing others how his faith in the Lord enabled his dream to be fulfilled,” Tuley added.

  • Senior Amanda Sullivan, former editor in chief of the “Liberty Champion” student newspaper, wrote about her experience as part of the last “Jerry Generation” in the May 4 edition. Read her story here.

 

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