Graduates show their Highlander pride

Radford University pride was on full display during the 2017 spring commencement ceremony. Mingled among the various forms of regalia sported by individual Highlanders were red and white philanthropy cords. These cords, worn by a third of the graduates, signified that the person wearing them wished to pass their Radford University experience on to the next generation.

The philanthropy cords were distributed to any Highlander who donated at least $10 to the Radford University program of their choosing. More than 600 graduates combined to donate over $6,400 to 67 different Radford University programs and initiatives.

“By making a donation, each of these graduates is part of the honored tradition of giving back and enhancing the student experience for the next generation of Highlanders,” said Assistant Director of Annual Giving Crystal Hubbard ’00, MBA ’08. “I am encouraged that amid all the chaos of their final semester and the financial demands of earning a degree, they chose to celebrate their time at Radford University with a gift.”

While the graduates are only able to wear their philanthropy cords for one special day, the pride that the cords represent is “worn” every day in the lives of Radford University alumni. If you wish to show your Highlander pride with a gift to your Radford University program of choice, please visit

May 31, 2017
Jeremy Norman