Centre College’s 192nd Commencement will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, in Newlin Hall of the Norton Center for the Arts. The 2015 graduation exercises will begin with the Baccalaureate ceremony, which will take place in the same location at 11 a.m. that morning.
An expected 328 graduates will cross the Newlin Hall stage during this year’s Commencement, with the four-year graduation rate for the Class of 2015 topping 80 percent. The class includes a Fulbright winner, Parker Lawson ’15 of Louisville, Ky., who will spend next year teaching English in Spain. Also teaching English abroad is Lane Walker ’15 of Topeka, Kan. He will be in Minoh City in Osaka Prefecture, through the competitive Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program sponsored by the Japanese government.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Commencement and Baccalaureate ceremonies will stream live on the Centre College website. A link to the streaming video will be available on Commencement Headquarters webpage. The live stream will be accessible through nearly all operating systems and browsers on all types of devices.
Baccalaureate 2015 | Sunday, May 24 at 11 a.m.
Dr. Rick Axtell, professor of religion and college chaplain, will provide this year’s baccalaureate address.
A perennial favorite baccalaureate speaker, Axtell has been a member of the College faculty for more than twenty years. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2008.
Axtell’s world travels have informed his teaching on issues of hunger, human trafficking, sustainable development and peacemaking.
He has served as the director of Louisville Against Hunger and was a case manager working with homeless men through the St. Vincent DePaul Society.
Axtell holds a B.A. from Mississippi College. He earned his M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he has completed other advanced studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Commencement 2015 | Sunday, May 24 at 3 p.m.
The featured address at this year’s Commencement will be given by Kentucky’s 56th lieutenant governor and Centre alumna and trustee Crit Luallen ’74.
While the College has featured alumni and public officials at numerous Commencement ceremonies over the decades, this is the first time that such a high ranking public servant who is also an alumna will speak to graduating seniors.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear appointed Luallen lieutenant governor in Nov. 2014 after a long career in state government, that includes various work for six Kentucky governors and serving as the state auditor.
Luallen’s ancestry includes two 19th-century Kentucky governors, John J. Crittenden and Luke Blackburn, as well as Centre’s third president, Gideon Blackburn.
The lieutenant governor will receive an honorary degree during the ceremony, as will Robert T. Brockman, chair and CEO of Reynolds and Reynolds Company, a leading supplier of auto dealership management tools. Brockman is a former chair of Centre’s board of trustees and a member of the Class of 1963.
All seats for Commencement are by ticket only.
May 20, 2015