Randolph-Macon Academy will welcome Maj Gen Mark Anthony Brown as the commencement speaker at the Academy’s 125th Graduation Ceremony, scheduled for 10:00 a.m., May 27, 2017 in Melton Memorial Gymnasium.
According to his Air Force biography, Gen Brown “is the Vice Commander, Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. AETC recruits, trains and educates Air Force personnel. It includes the Air Force Recruiting Service, two numbered air forces and Air University, and operates 1,396 trainer, fighter and mobility aircraft, 23 wings, 12 bases, and five geographically separated groups. The command trains more than 293,000 Airmen per year with approximately 62,000 active-duty, Reserve, Guard, civilian and contractor personnel.” Randolph-Macon Academy is excited to welcome Gen Brown as the 2017 commencement speaker.
The soon-to-be R-MA graduates will enjoy several days in which to reminisce and celebrate. First they will honor each other’s accomplishments during Class Night on Thursday, May 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Boggs Chapel, a ceremony in which the highest awards of the year are presented and the speeches begin with presentations by the class president and the salutatorian. The next day, Friday, May 26th, the seniors will receive a blessing during the baccalaureate service at 9:30 a.m., then share memories in Turner Hall during the Senior Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Afterwards, they will celebrate their graduation from the Air Force JROTC program during the Final Parade on Riddick Field at 2:00 p.m. Finally, on Saturday morning, they will gather together one final time to garner wisdom from what Gen Brown has to share and hear from their valedictorian before they finally walk across the stage to receive their diplomas from R-MA President Brigadier General David C. Wesley, USAF, Retired.
The R-MA Class of 2017 can be proud that they have continued the R-MA tradition of 100% of the class earning college acceptances; the 59 seniors and two postgraduate students have earned 242 acceptances to 145 different colleges and universities, with nearly $6 million in college scholarship offers. In addition, seven Falcon Scholars at R-MA earned admission to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Every member of the Class of 2017 has indicated that they intend to enroll in college in the fall.