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Kenneth Hopkins '10

Hometown: Little Rock, AR

Major: Business Administration

Extracurricular Involvement:

  • Executive Committee Representative
  • Fancy Dress Co-Chairman
  • Resident Adviser
  • Intramural Sports Supervisor
  • Traveller
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • 2010 Class Agent
Favorite W&L Event: Senior night at the ruins was my favorite night because it took us all back to our first year when we came to campus and had our barbecue.

Graduation is a moment that we all will cherish for the rest of our lives. Walking across that stage is truly an honor that our class will always remember. We have all developed significantly since our arrival in 2006, and we hope to continue our development as we continue on with our lives. Washington and Lee has become our second home and will always have a special place in our hearts.

Although graduation is a point of achievement, it is also acceptance into one of the most exclusive alumni networks there is. Our class has contributed so many things to the University over our short period here, and we have left our own legacy. As alumni, we will continue adding to the W&L legacy and strengthen our ties as we continue on with our journey.

The relationships that we have forged over these past four years will carry on throughout our lives and will always be filled with fun and excitement because of the bonds and sense of community that we have taken from W&L.

This is what graduation means to just a few members of our class . . .

"When I first stepped on our campus as a student, I dreamed about the day that I would walk down the Colonnade to graduate--a day that seemed so distant and such a great achievement. Now, with four years of hard work, cheerful memories, and irreplaceable friendships, that day has come!" -- Reagan Kerr

"Taking the time to look back and appreciate all the hard work you've done and the meaningful relationships you've built at such a distinguished place like W&L over the past four years." -- Steph Mansey

"Everything up to this point has been a warm-up. I can't wait to finally get into the game." -- Jamie Goodin

"Graduation means celebrating my experiences, memories, hardships, trials, fears, accomplishments and relationships, and taking them with me to embark on the next leg of this exciting journey of life, acknowledging the past and welcoming the future with a balanced blend of anxiety and courage, and embracing the preparation given to me by this institution to take on any challenges to come." -- Kristen-Kaye Goulbourne

"It's a bittersweet stepping stone that feels so unreal right now. I'm sure it will hit me when I am driving out of Lexington. Dr. Seuss' infamous ‘Oh the Places You'll Go' seems to be my mantra at the moment." -- Ashton Rippeon

"Graduation is also a thank you to all of the people that helped me get to where I am today. As I walk across the stage, and celebrate my last year at W&L, it is to my friends and family that I owe the biggest debt of gratitude. So when I think of graduation, I think of these people, and how lucky I've been to have their support." -- Summer Sterling