97th Ferrum Commencement

2013 Commencement

May 24, 2013, marked the 97th annual commencement for Ferrum College, with Dr. Jennifer Braaten conferring degrees on 220 Ferrum students in a ceremony held in Hart International Plaza. Columbus State University President Dr. Timothy S. Mescon delivered the commencement address, emphasizing the importance of perseverance, positivism, and activism. Prior to commencement, graduates participated in […]

Ferrum College Boosts Its Green Initiatives by Hiring New Energy Manager

Christian Bedard, Energy Manager

Last fall, Christian Bedard, former energy manager for Roanoke County  Schools, joined Ferrum College’s staff in a newly created position partially funded by a recent grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to support energy conservation projects on campus. As the College’s first-ever energy manager, Bedard coordinates, centralizes, and streamlines all aspects of the College’s […]

FloydFest 2013

FloydFest Winners, After Jack at VIP stage

After a successful debut event in 2012, Ferrum College renewed its partnership with the multi-day music extravaganza FloydFest, sponsoring the festival’s Workshop Porch Stage again last summer with the shared goal of showcasing regional musical styles. The partnership expanded in 2013, and the College’s Blue Ridge Institute & Museum held a musician/band contest that gave […]

Eight Ferrum College Buildings Designated as State Historic District

Spilman-Daniel House

In celebration of the Ferrum College Centennial, the administration applied for, and was granted, the designation of “Historical District” by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The district is made up of the eight buildings built between 1914 and 1942, which constitute the core of campus. The Ferrum College Historic District includes: Stratton House (circa 1915, President’s Residence, Principal’s Residence, Maple […]

Empty Bowls 2014

Empty Bowls 2014

The fourth annual Empty Bowls-fundraiser, held in January, raised $4,000 to support the “Panther Packs” program at Ferrum Elementary School. The program helps to ensure adequate nutrition for qualified children at the school by providing them with backpacks full of nonperishable snacks and meals to take home for after-school and weekends and is designed to […]

Blue Ridge Institute and Museum

MISSION IN THE BLUE RIDGE: The Early Years of Ferrum College

Exhibits on the Move The BRI&M’s most recent textile exhibition, The Great Virginia Cover-Up: Historic Quilts & Bedcovers, came off the road in December after a six-month run at the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) in Richmond. As it did in Ferrum, the exhibition delighted quilt fans in the capital area, and it served as the […]

Ferrum College Centennial Celebration


For four days last October the entire Ferrum Family celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the College—with reunions, tailgates, athletic events, outdoor adventures, exhibits, theatre, and much more! It was the Panther Homecoming of a century!

40 Years of Folklife Festival

Blue Ridge Folklife Festival: Tobacco Twisting

At times the barking of the coon dogs sounded a bit like “Happy Birthday” as the college celebrated not only the school’s centennial but also the 40th Blue Ridge Folklife Festival. As always, the festival presented the best of the region’s folk heritage, and the classically bright October weather had everyone smiling. Along with an […]

Celebrating Our Founders Day 2014

Celebrating Our Founders Day

On a cold February Saturday morning, almost 400 members of the Ferrum College community, including students, faculty, staff, local church groups, and neighbors, came together to celebrate the visionary leaders who founded the school and inspired the motto by which we live: “Not Self, But Others.” Not only was it a day of celebration and […]

The Centennial Snowfall

Centennial Blizzard

The recent centennial snowfall transformed the Ferrum College campus into a winter wonderland. With nearly two feet of snow in many places, travel throughout the region was at a standstill and classes were cancelled. That didn’t stop creative Ferrum students from enjoying the centennial year surprise provided by Mother Nature.

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