Foundation Day was celebrated on September 21, 2018, at the University of the South in Sewanee, as a part of Family Week-end. This marked the 150th anniversary of the enrollment of the universi-ty’s first nine students.
Included at the Convo-cation in All Saints’ Chapel was the induction of new members into the Order of the Gown. The Order of the Gown is a custom es-tablished in 1873. Gowns are earned by students and worn in recognition of their academic excellence.
As the President of the Order of the Gown, Kelsey Arbuckle, of Tracy City, announced the name of each new member and they stood and were rec-ognized. They remained standing and Vice-Chancellor John McCardell reminded the new mem-bers of “the privileges and responsibilities of the Or-der of the Gown.”
When he said, “Please accept your gowns,” there was much applause and excitement with gowning activity as each new mem-ber was presented a gown.
This was a special day for Alexa Fults, of Hub-bard’s Cove, a sophomore at Sewanee. She had earned her gown during her first year. Alexa’s gown was given to her by Paige Klump, previous valedicto-rian and Alexa’s “grandbig” in her Kappa Delta sorority. Alexa was excited to be gowned by another Grun-dy Countian, Kelsey Ar-buckle. Alexa said, “It is an honor to wear the gown. It is an even greater honor to be gowned by my best friend and Order of the Gown President, Kelsey.”