Since my first year at Longwood I’ve had the opportunity to participate in so many awesome events: Oktoberfest, Color Wars, Spring Weekend (I am hoping to play Oozeball this year!), Dr. Jordan’s bonfires, attend concerts, go to basketball games, the G.A.M.E. and be a member of so many organizations. While all of these have made my college experience one of a kind, one event in particular was really the cherry on top of it all. I had the privilege of attending President Finnegan’s (P. Finn’s) Inauguration as Longwood’s 25th president! It was an incredible ceremony and being there just made me love Longwood even more!
After the processional, hearing all of the speakers and watching P. Finn get his medal, I think my favorite part of the whole event was P. Finn’s speech. It was a very sentimental speech and his love for Longwood really showed!! One thing that he said, which was also quoted in the Richmond Times Dispatch and Longwood’s newspaper The Rotunda, has stuck out in my mind since the ceremony: “What a great day to be a Lancer. Glorious weather outside, new threads, and some serious bling.”
P. Finn has really become a part of the Longwood Family and he’s done this so quickly! Last Spring I saw him play Oozeball for the first time and was so excited to see that he was ready and willing to participate!! During basketball
season, towards the end of every game, P. Finn comes over to the student side of the gym and leads us all in a chant that leads to all of the Lancers jumping and yelling “I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!” At every Open House I’ve worked with Ambassadors, I always tear up when P. Finn is talking and says how Longwood is a “David school” and schools like UVA, VT are “Goliath schools.”… but in the end, David wins. I don’t know what it is about that, but it just makes me love Longwood SO MUCH.
I can’t believe the end of this semester is already in sight, and next semester will conclude my time here at Longwood. However, one thing I am especially looking forward to is graduation. Why? Because when I walk across the stage I will get to shake P. Finn’s hand. I mean, come on, how cool is that?
If you are interested in viewing the Inauguration Ceremony (which I highly recommend!!!), here is the link: P. Finn’s inauguration.
P.S. Fun Fact: Did you know that President Finnegan’s wife’s name is Joan, the same name as Longwood’s patron saint, Joan of Arc? Coincidence? I don’t think so.