Free graduates Mary Baldwin

STAUNTON, VA – Nykia Artremease Free of Blythewood earned a Bachelor of Arts from Mary Baldwin University on May 24.

The Mary Baldwin family drew upon a “sense of community reaching beyond time and space,” as MBU Chaplain Katherine Low said in her invocation, to celebrate graduates during the university’s virtual Commencement ceremony. The traditional in-person ceremony was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Free also received the VWIL Advanced Leadership Certificate: Awarded to highly motivated seniors who have dedicated extra-curricular time developing teams and leadership skills, executing events, and putting service before self. This certificate requires cadets to earn 30 additional credits, including a minor in leadership studies.