Traditions are steadfast activities that are rich in memories. When changes occur to those traditions, one can only expect shock and sorrow. Sure, there are some people who relish change and look forward to new beginnings; however these new beginnings mean saying goodbye to over a century of solid continual traditions.
Peace College is a women’s college in Raleigh, NC that was established in 1857 by Raleigh’s First Presbyterian Church. William Peace, a local businessman and church elder, provided $10,000 and eight acres of land for the school. The news broke yesterday that the college will be making some rather groundbreaking changes.
The name will be changed to William Peace University. This is a startling change that has many women shaking their heads. While you can explain other changes are due to keeping up with the needs of the students and the hard fiscal situation everyone is facing, those excuses don’t hold true to changing the name. William Peace University will no longer be the Peace College that generations of women attended and loved.
William Peace University will be a coeducational institution. The legendary tradition of the women’s college is over. It is truly the end of an era. There is something really special about attending an all-female college. The bonds these girls make during their academic years last for their lifetimes. There have never been males in classes to distract or disturb their concentrations. Men will enter classes in the fall 2012; therefore women who are already in pursuit of their degree from a woman’s college must now decide if they still want to graduate from an institution that is no longer all female.
Some traditions will remain in the transition. Graduates will still circle the fountain and sing the alma mater and receive the college gift of a bible. The dances and infamous “peanut week” will stay intact. Students will still travel to Raleigh with the hopes and dreams of attaining a college degree.
In the world of etiquette, traditions hold a dear place in the heart. When changes occur, it is very difficult to accept and only time will help those adjust. As many women prepare to see the ending of Peace College, remember that Peace will always be Peace. Your memories and traditions are not changing; the years you embraced Peace as your college are in your heart where no one can take them. The changes happening at the college are for future generations to embrace and keep as their own.
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