Hanover to celebrate 181st commencement

Hanover College will celebrate its 181st commencement, Saturday, May 24. Graduation activities will begin at 10 a.m. with the College’s traditional baccalaureate service in Collier Arena. The 233 members of the class of 2014 will receive diplomas during a ceremony that begins at 1:30 p.m. at The Point.

Live coverage of Hanover’s commencement will air at hanover.edu/live.

Seniors Jacie Hubbard (Whiteland, Ind.) and Rusty Jones (Lexington, Ind.), as well as Chaplain Laura Arico, will deliver baccalaureate addresses.

Senior Haley Patterson (South Bend, Ind.) will present the invocation, while classmates Emeran Irby (Louisville, Ky.), Ashley Ard (Waldorf, Md.) and Jordan Hall (New Washington, Ind.) will read scripture. Senior Alena Reese (Cincinnati, Ohio) will recite a poem and Laura Isernhagen (Lexington, Ky.) will offer a closing prayer.

The service will also feature selections by the Hanover College Choir and the Hanover College Instrumental Ensemble.

J. Joseph Hale, Jr., a 1971 Hanover graduate, will deliver the commencement address. He retired as president of Cinergy Foundation and currently serves as president of Global BrightLight Foundation.

Hale will also receive an honorary doctor of humane letters.

Jan-Niklas Reisser (Nuremburg, Germany) will deliver the senior address. A double major in physics and economics, Reisser is a member of the Business Scholar Program, golf team and Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.

Phillip Scott, a 1964 graduate, will receive an honorary doctor of laws. Scott, who retired this past spring after serving eight years as chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees, serves as co-chairman of Bingham Greenebaum Doll, PLLC.

Members of Hanover’s class of 1964 will lead the processional in recognition of the 50th anniversary of their graduation.

The Hanover College Choir will perform selections from David Dickau and Chester Alwes, as well as lead the class in the singing of Meredith Willson’s “The Alma Mater.” Under the direction of Madlen Batchvarova, associate professor of music, the group also includes members of Hanover’s faculty and staff.

The Hanover College Instrumental Ensemble, directed by Associate Professor of Music David Mruzek, will perform William Henry Monk’s “Abide With Me,” the prelude from Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s motet “Te Deum,” and Robert Sheldon’s “Integrity,” in addition to marches by Beethoven and David Gorham.

Arico will perform the benediction and invocation.

Marshals for the ceremony are Robert Rosenthal, professor of philosophy;  Jonathan Smith, professor of English; Ruth Turner, professor of political science; and Peter Worcester, professor of geology.

Free parking will be available throughout campus. Shuttle service will be available for individuals with disabilities or other special needs. No traffic will be permitted near The Point prior to and during the ceremony.

In the event of inclement weather, commencement will take place in Collier Arena. Tickets are required for entry if the ceremony is held indoors. The tickets, in limited supply, are free and available through all graduating seniors.