Commencement 193 to be streamed live on Centre website
Centre College’s 193rd Commencement will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, in Newlin Hall of the Norton Center for the Arts. The 2016 graduation exercises will begin with the Baccalaureate ceremony, which will take place in the same location at 11 a.m. that morning.
The Class of 2016 features an expected 305 graduates, among them a record 20 international students, and collectively offers an impressive four-year graduation rate of 80 percent. The class includes a Fulbright winner, Jeri Howell ’16 of Frankfort, Ky., who will spend next year teaching English in Costa Rica. Also teaching abroad through the Teaching Assistant Program in France is Emily Hooker ’16 of Cincinnati. Seniors Ashley Barker (Boston) and Gray Whitsett (Owensboro, Ky.) will participate in Teach For America, working in Boston and Baton Rouge, La., respectively.
Again this year, the Commencement and Baccalaureate ceremonies will stream live on the Centre College website. A link to the streaming video will be available on the Commencement Headquarters page. The live stream will be accessible through nearly all operating systems and browsers on all types of devices.
Baccalaureate 2016 | Sunday, May 22 at 11 a.m.
Beth Glazier-McDonald, H.W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Religion and associate academic dean of the College, will provide this year’s baccalaureate address: “And You Shall Be a Blessing.”
Glazier-McDonald has been a member of the College faculty for nearly 30 years and has held a Stodghill Professorship since their inception in 2004. In 2011, she was featured by Oxford American magazine as one of the most creative teachers in the South.
A scholar of the Hebrew Bible and biblical literature, Glazier-McDonald has written widely on these topics, serving as a contributing author to such publications as Eerdman’s Dictionary of the Bible, Women in Scripture and Women’s Bible Commentary, among others.
She has also served as a scholar-in-residence at both the Temple Adath Israel in Lexington, Ky., and the Keneseth Israel Congregation in Allentown, Pa.
Glazier-McDonald is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of George Washington University and earned her M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees at The University of Chicago.
Commencement 2016 | Sunday, May 22 at 3 p.m.
The featured address at this year’s Commencement will be given by Deborah Bial, a MacArthur “genius” grant recipient and founder and president of the Posse Foundation. Her participation in this year’s Commencement ceremony will have particular meaning to Centre’s seventh class of Posse Scholar graduates. This fall will mark the 10th year of Centre’s relationship with the Posse program.
Bial, who holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.A. and Ed.D. from Harvard University, founded Posse in 1989 with the goal of creating a college-access program for talented high school leaders from underrepresented urban populations. The program recruits students starting in their junior year, works with them during their senior year to prepare them for academically challenging college environments, then sends them in groups of 10—by then carefully developed into their own support system called a Posse—to 55 mostly liberal arts colleges throughout the country.
The College will award an honorary degree to Bial during the Commencement ceremony, as well as to Harold H. Smith ’64, president of the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program Foundation and president emeritus of Pikeville College. Smith enjoyed a long and remarkable career in higher education that began with 19 years of service at Centre as dean of admission and later vice president and dean of student life.
All seats for Commencement are by ticket only.
Find a complete listing of events and activities surrounding Commencement 193 here. Follow the Commencement weekend conversation—and contribute your own photos—on social media with #CentreGrad16.
by Amy Clark Wise
May 18, 2016