Mary Grace Lemon ’14 remembers her first day as a rat. At the obstacle course, she couldn’t make it to the top of the rope.
“I couldn’t climb to the top. I couldn’t yell, ‘Hard Chargin’ Hotel.’ It really messed with me,” said the track and field thrower. She remembered thinking, “I’m an athletic person; I should be able to do this.”
The Rat Crucible came a few short (or long, for those in the Rat Line) days later. After completing several other physical challenges, Lemon found herself again facing the rope. This time, she made it to the top and yelled, “Hard Chargin’ Hotel!”
Lemon saw this improvement just nine days into her cadetship. After seeing what VMI could do in less than two weeks, she started thinking about her future and how much she could grow in five or 10 years. Every time she had doubts about continuing, she would remember, “I climbed the rope. I hit the top.”
An athletic scholarship helped Lemon pay for VMI. Without that, she said, she might not have been able to attend the Institute.
“I give back to VMI because VMI has given so much to me,” she said about why she donates to the Institute. “I can take a little bit of a cut to help someone else get through VMI.”
Victoria Ferris Assistant Director of Reunions
The assistant director of reunions aids in providing planning and oversight for the annual calendar of scheduled reunion events, with a goal to enhance the class reunion experience, alumni engagement and to increase the donor base.
Molly Rolon Associate Editor/Writer
The associate editor/writer assists the editor-in-chief in various tasks relating to the production of quarterly and monthly publications, as well as prepares written materials for publication. The associate editor serves as liaison between class agents and chapter presidents and the Agencies’ publications, as well as provides backup photography for events.