For Immediate Release:
January 17, 2017

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134


Laurel Ridge’s Fauquier Campus celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with midday speeches, and an early evening ceremony with a choir and guest speaker.

A student speech contest based on the theme of “I Have a Dream” was held in the Rose Loeb Student Center at 12:30 p.m. The winner, Ava Saldana, who serves as both a student ambassador and as secretary of the Student Government Association, spoke of her dream to make her mother proud of her.

Also in the student center, but starting at 5:30 p.m., the Martin Luther King Jr. Choir performed under the direction of the Rev. Lemuel Montgomery.  MLK FC 3

Award-winning Manassas City Schools teacher, author and social-justice commentator Rodney Jordan was the evening’s guest speaker. His presentation was entitled, “A Call to Come Together:  You are the Dream.”

Mr. Jordan talked about criminal justice, educational reform and self-improvement. He stressed the importance of being caring to others every day, not just one day out of the year.

“It was an inspiring celebration of voices,” Campus Dean Caroline Wood said of the commemoration. “A beautiful reminder to continue our commitment to Dr. King’s legacy of equality and inclusion. We were honored to host the event here at Laurel Ridge.”


Founded in 1970, Laurel Ridge Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. Laurel Ridge offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. Laurel Ridge also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. Laurel Ridge serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Laurel Ridge Community College (Laurel Ridge) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College. Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.

Laurel Ridge Community College was known as Lord Fairfax Community College until June 2022. For consistency purposes, the college will be referenced as Laurel Ridge going forward.