Commencement 2019

News Briefs


Recreation and leisure studies student Jasmine Rivera ’14 will embark on the trip of a lifetime July 17-24, as she travels to West Africa to break ground on a new school in Senegal. The VWC Panhellenic Council received word in April that Virginia Wesleyan was one of 14 schools selected to send one student representative on “The Trek,” a service trip organized through the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation (CofS) in partnership with the nonprofit organization buildOn. In conjunction with CofS, VWC sororities Alpha Sigma Alpha, Phi Sigma Sigma, and Sigma Sigma Sigma raised $4,250 during the 2012-2013 academic year in support of the Half the Sky Movement, a cause dedicated to stopping oppression of women and girls worldwide. CofS-affiliated campuses that raised at least $1,000 during that time period were eligible to be selected for the Trek. Along with sororities from around the world, VWC helped Circle of Sisterhood raise the $40,000 needed to build a school in rural Senegal. As VWC’s chosen representative, Rivera was individually responsible for the costs associated with her travel. Through an online fundraiser, she asked friends and family members to each donate $12, representing the 12 countries CofS has touched since its inception in 2010. Rivera plans to chronicle her experience along the way through blog posts, photos and videos, sharing her unique opportunity to help remove educational barriers for girls and women worldwide. More