March 3 festivities include service of reflection, rose planting and community lunch

Bell towerTo commemorate the first anniversary of the closing announcement, Sweet Briar faculty, staff and students will gather for a private service of reflection and renewal at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 3, in Memorial Chapel.

Immediately following the service, there will be a ceremonial planting and dedication of a new Sweet Briar Rose Garden, between Gray and Pannell. The tower bells will ring at approximately 11:50 a.m., after which the community is invited to a celebratory Caribbean-themed lunch in Prothro. Alumnae are invited to join in the outdoor ceremonies and lunch at Prothro.

March 3 also has been designated a Day of Giving — an extra push toward the Next is Now campaign to raise $30 million by June 30 for the Sweet Briar Fund, the College’s annual giving fund. Everyone’s help is needed to reach this important goal. For more information, please see the Next is NOW brochure. Click here to donate to the Sweet Briar Fund.

The College community also is celebrating Sweet Briar Forever Month throughout March with a series of events and observances to reflect on what we have endured, but more importantly, to look forward to a bright future. To help create some buzz, all are encouraged to post favorite Sweet Briar photos to social media using the hashtag #SweetBriarForever.

More information on Sweet Briar Forever Month happenings is available here.