The Capstone Festival gives outstanding seniors an opportunity to present their scholarly and artistic works to the wider campus community and the public. Students may be nominated for their senior projects, honors projects, or special sponsored projects (such as VFIC Summer Science Award, Russell Scholar). All nominations must be made by Mary Baldwin faculty. The annual nomination deadline is March 31, and all projects completed after the previous year’s Festival are eligible.
History of the Capstone Festival
The first annual Capstone Festival took place on May 3, 2006, as a reinstatement of a Commencement tradition from the earliest days of Augusta Female Seminary, when a Capstone Festival of sorts existed:
“All final examinations were held in public and members of the board of trustees and the townspeople attended to view students parse sentences, do intricate math problems, and recite soliloquies,” writes Professor Emerita of History Patricia H. Menk in her book To Live in Time; The Sesquicentennial History of Mary Baldwin University 1842-1992.
By the late 1800s, the practice of public recitations had disappeared.
Through our new tradition, a select group of seniors, nominated by faculty, present their senior, honors, and special projects to the Mary Baldwin community and the general public. The high quality and breadth of research, scholarship, and creative activities on display is a testament to the legacy of those earlier years and a celebration of our future.
The Capstone Festival is supported by the Advisory Board of Visitors, the Office of Sponsored Programs and Undergraduate Research, the Global Honors Scholars Program, and the Committee on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity.