Gov. Steve Beshear will be the featured speaker at Centre’s 191st Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 25, 2014.
First elected to the office in 2007, Gov. Beshear is now serving in his second term after being re-elected in 2011. For both terms, his platform featured a stronger commitment to education, which he has exhibited during numerous visits to the Centre campus: in 2008 to speak to members of the Governor’s Scholars Program (hosted at the College for over 20 years); in 2012 for the Vice Presidential Debate; and in 2013 for the announcement of Centre’s upcoming hosting of the Governor’s School for the Arts.
“I’m honored to be speaking at Centre College’s commencement this spring,” Gov. Beshear said. “Centre has a long tradition of producing thoughtful, well-rounded graduates who often reinvest their talents and skills right here in Kentucky, which is great for our Commonwealth.
“I’m happy these bright young people chose to pursue their studies at one of Kentucky’s fine institutions,” he continued. “I’m looking forward to offering them a few final words of advice before they leave Danville to make their mark on the world.”
Beyond Gov. Beshear’s Commencement visit, Centre holds several prominent connections to the gubernatorial seat: 11 state governors attended or graduated from the College, including John Y. Brown, Class of 1855, governor of Kentucky (1891-95), and Austin Peay III, Class of 1895, governor of Tennessee. Kentucky’s inaugural governor, Isaac Shelby, was the first to serve as chairman of the Centre College Board of Trustees.
This year’s Baccalaureate speaker is Dr. Christopher B. Howard, 24th President of Hampden-Sydney College.