Dr. Barbara Edmondson's career has wound through Catholic school leadership at the parish, diocesan and national level, and this July, she became the new Head of School at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, D.C.
And for her, assuming the helm at the Visitation – founded in 1799 by the Sisters of the Visitation, the first Catholic girls school in what was then the new United States – involves continuing a very special educational legacy.
“I feel like Visitation is sacred ground… This is sacred ground in so many ways,” Edmondson said in an interview.
Visitation's enVISIon troupe performed a mesmerizing metamorphosis-themed dance to George Frideric Handel’s overture to his 1748 oratorio Solomon at the Apollo Orchestra's season opening at the Nolan Center on Sunday, September 15.
about Showcasing Kelly's Spirit: Visi Hosts Brodnik Foundation Fashion Show
Fifteen young women confidently walked the Fisher Center runway last week at the first annual Kelly Brodnik Foundation Fashion Show, with more than 300 in the audience. The event was planned in memory of Kelly '21 who passed away last September after longtime battle with pediatric cancer.
about Dr. Barbara McGraw Edmondson Installed as New Head of School
“Will you support each of us so that we may discover the diversity of gifts within and among us, honor our uniqueness and liberty of spirit, and live the fullness of God’s beautiful plan for us to be women of faith, vision, and purpose in the Visitation tradition?” asked Sister Mary Berchmans, VHM, ‘48 & ‘50, Monastery Superior and President Emerita, on behalf of the students of Georgetown Visitation.
“I will,” pledged Dr. Barbara McGraw Edmondson as she was officially installed as Visitation’s new Head of School.
about English Teacher Anna Royal Attends National Summer Seminar
English Teacher Anna Royal was selected as one of 16 teachers to participate in a summer seminar supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Studying classic texts and adaptions, Ms. Royal participated in a three-week, stipended program at the University of California.
about Visitation Kicks Off 220th School Year
Students and faculty headed back to school on Tuesday, September 3. The community welcomed the Class of 2023 on their first day; students explored new spaces up the hill at Berchmans Hall and the Saints Connector as teachers settled into new spaces; the now-senior class of 2020 celebrated their new status with car painting in the parking lot and a class picture around their banner, which reads "Out of Thi2 W0rld."
Georgetown Visitation was recognized for its 220th anniversary at the Archdiocese of Washington's Opening of Schools Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, on August 26. Head of School Barbara McGraw Edmondson, Principal Mary Kate Blaine, and Dean of Faculty Christine McGovern attended.
Visitation received an acknowledgement of its 220 years from Pope Francis, affirmed by the apostolic nuncio. This included a pledge of prayers for divine favor on all students, teachers, and staff.
Mrs. McGovern received accolades for beginning her thirtieth year in the classroom at Visitation.