On Dec. 8, the Virginia Wesleyan College community honored approximately 60 seniors at the 2013 December Potential Graduate Reception. Family, friends and faculty gathered in the Jane P. Batten Convocation Center to celebrate the students scheduled to complete their graduation requirements at the end of the fall 2013 semester. VWC Professor of Biology, Dr. Victor Townsend served as the ceremony’s speaker, humorously sharing his personal story of life after graduation and his many research adventures. VWC psychology major Shanita “TJ” Jackson reflected on her accomplishment and the four years she has attended VWC: “It was such a great experience. My whole family came to celebrate with me. It felt like the ending of a huge chapter in my life.” Before taking his seat, Townsend ended his address by giving the graduates one final assignment: “Please send us cards, emails, or drop by for a campus visit—six months from now or 10 years, it does not matter. We always enjoy hearing from you.” Fall semester graduates are able attend the December event and still remain eligible to participate in the May 2014 Commencement.