Hanover celebrates 180th commencement

The 2012-2013 academic year culminated, Saturday, May 25, when Hanover College celebrated its 180th commencement. Update: See photo gallery online at flickr.

Graduation activities began at 10 a.m. with the College’s traditional baccalaureate service in Collier Arena.

Sarah Oblon Distelrath, a 2003 Hanover graduate, delivered the baccalaureate sermon. The service also included an address from senior Brandon Doub (North Salem, Ind.), with readings by classmates Levi Milliron (Kokomo, Ind.) and Andrea Paul-Bonham (Terre Haute, Ind.), and a prayer from Kelsey Daly (San Jose, Calif.).

The 208 members of the class of 2013 received diplomas during a ceremony that began at 1:30 p.m. at The Point.

Members of Hanover’s class of 1963 led the processional in recognition of the 50th anniversary of their graduation.

Madison Guy (Monticello, Ind.) delivered the senior address. A communications major, Guy is a member of Chi Omega sorority, College Mentors for Kids, Colleges Against Cancer and the Business Scholars Program.

The Hanover College Choir performed selections from Joseph Martin and Chester Alwes, as well as led the class in the singing of The Alma Mater. Under the direction of Madlen Batchvarova, associate professor of music, the group also featured members of Hanover’s faculty.

The Hanover College Instrumental Ensemble, directed by Associate Professor of Music David Mruzek, performed William Henry Monk’s “Abide With Me,” the prelude from Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s motet, “Te Deum,” and a ceremonial march by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Laura Arico, Hanover’s chaplain, performed the benediction and invocation.

Marshals for the ceremony were Jonathan Smith, professor of English; Robert Rosenthal, professor of philosophy; and Peter Worcester, professor of geology.