State Superintendent, Career Ambassador to Speak at UMW Commencement Ceremonies

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More than 5,000 parents, friends and well-wishers are expected to converge on the Fredericksburg campus to celebrate the University of Mary Washington’s 104th commencement ceremonies Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9. … [Read more...]

Local Business Owner Receives Philharmonic’s Citizen Salute

Jerry Ulman

Local business owner Jerry Ulman received the Citizen Salute Award, presented by the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra at its April concert. … [Read more...]

UMW Hosts Virginia Education Specialist as Educator-in-Residence

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The University of Mary Washington’s College of Education hosted Robert Fugate ’03, an assessment specialist for the Virginia Department of Education, for its 5th annual Educator-in-Residence. He presented as the keynote lecture at the College of Education’s Graduate Research Symposium on Saturday, April 25. … [Read more...]

UMW Student Recognized with Debate Award

Senior Mariah Young

University of Mary Washington senior Mariah Young was awarded the Julia Burke Award for Character and Excellence at the American Debate Association Nationals. She is the fourth UMW student to receive the award. … [Read more...]

UMW Student Wins Naval Academy Essay Award

Senior Christian Perkins

University of Mary Washington senior Christian Perkins won the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs essay competition, presented at the organization’s 55th annual conference that took place in Annapolis, Maryland in April. … [Read more...]

Gari Melchers Home and Studio to Host Illustrated Presentation


Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont will host a free illustrated presentation, The Painted Garden: A Favorite Motif in American Impressionism, on Sunday, May 3. … [Read more...]

James Monroe Museum Acquires Previously Unknown Portrait of Fifth President

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A previously unknown portrait of James Monroe—Revolutionary War hero, legislator, diplomat, Virginia governor and fifth president of the United States—will be exhibited for the first time on Saturday, April 25 at the James Monroe Museum. … [Read more...]

UMW Initiates Test-Optional Admissions Provision

Donald Rallis' geography class, Thursday Oct. 27, 2011. (Photo by Norm Shafer).

The University of Mary Washington will offer high-achieving prospective students the opportunity to opt out of providing standardized college admission tests with their application for enrollment. The University’s Board of Visitors approved the action during its April meeting. … [Read more...]

Students to Celebrate Research and Creativity, April 24

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Do polymers provide a cure for cancer? Should college be free? Is recycling plastic environmentally friendly? … [Read more...]

President Richard V. Hurley to Retire in 2016

President Richard V. Hurley

At a meeting of the University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors today, President Richard V. Hurley announced his plan to retire, effective June 30, 2016. Hurley, who has served as UMW’s ninth president since July 1, 2010, has made clear his desire to spend more quality time with his family. Prior to being named president, he had already announced his retirement plans. At that point, he had served Mary Washington for a decade in various positions, including executive vice president and chief financial officer, and twice as acting president. … [Read more...]