New York Times best-selling author J.D. Vance will address the 2017 graduates of Centre College during Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 21.
The Class of 2017 features an expected 325 graduates hailing from four foreign countries—China, Myanmar, South Korea and Vietnam—and 24 American states. Collectively, the class boasts a four-year graduation rate of 84 percent.
During their four years at Centre, a total of 83 percent of the class also studied abroad or away, contributing to the College’s #3 national ranking for global study by the Institute of International Education.
Among the varied pursuits following graduation from Centre are three graduates who will go on to participate in Teach For America: Annalea Wilson, who will be teaching in Memphis, Tennessee; Mary Chapin Snow, who will work in Indianapolis; and Madison Stuart, who will teach in Hawaii.
After a childhood spent in the Appalachian town of Jackson, Ky., and the Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio, Vance enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in Iraq. Following college and law school, he worked for an investment group in California.
Vance now lives in Ohio with his wife and two dogs. In a March 16, 2017, New York Times op-ed titled “Why I’m Moving Home,” Vance explained his decision to relocate to Ohio and create an organization to combat the opioid epidemic there.
Vance holds a B.A. in political science and philosophy from Ohio State University and received his J.D. degree atYale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.
The College will award him an honorary degree during the ceremony.
Thomas McCollough, Nelson D. and Mary McDowell Rodes Professor of Religion, will give the baccalaureate sermon prior to Centre’s Commencement. The service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 21 in Newlin Hall of Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts.
The Commencement ceremony will begin at 3 p.m., also in Newlin Hall. All seats are by ticket only.
Find a complete listing of events and activities surrounding Centre Commencement 194 here. Follow the commencement conversation—and contribute your own photos—on social media using #CentreGrad17.
by Centre College News
May 18, 2017