Historic graduation set for Hanover’s Class of 2023

Lyrics to "Alma Mater"

Hanover College’s Class of 2023 will be part of history during the upcoming 190th commencement. For the first time in more than 100 years, Hanover’s graduation ceremony will include the conferral of bachelor’s and doctoral degrees during the event.

Hanover College academic seal

The College’s commencement will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 27, at the Point. Live streaming coverage of the ceremony will air at hanover.edu/live.


This year’s graduating class features 72 members of Hanover’s first cohort of doctor of physical therapy students, marking the College’s first doctoral-level graduates since 1915. There are 221 students set to receive bachelor’s degrees, highlighted by 81 scholars who have earned their diplomas with honors.

During the ceremony, Hanover President Lake Lambert will welcome graduates and guests, and recognize top student award recipients from the Class of 2023 . He will also deliver the commencement address and confer degrees to each student.

Andi Spring ’23 will serve as the class speaker. Spring is a gender studies major from Louisville, Ky. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Award in Gender Studies and the Aubra Jade Hiland Award in Creative Writing.

Carey Adams, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will present each candidate during the conferral of degrees. He will also honor four retiring faculty members.

Faculty members Michael Duffy, professor of theological studies (1995-2023), Rob Graham, professor of economics (1991-2023), Yefim Katsov, professor of mathematics (1992-2023) and Nasrin Shahinpoor, professor of economics (2005-2023) will be recognized during the ceremony. These individuals have more than 100 combined years of service to the College’s students.

Following the conferral of degrees, Sarah Vogt ‘07 will welcome graduates into the Hanover College Alumni Association. Vogt serves as vice president, compliance manager, at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati.

The Hanover College Choir and Hanover College Band will perform selections throughout the ceremony. Both ensembles will be joined by members of the faculty and local community.

The Hanover College Choir will perform Steven Schwartz’s “When You Believe” and “Irish Blessing,” by Chester Alwes ’69. The vocalists, under the direction of Madlen Batchvarova, professor of music, will also lead the traditional singing of Meredith Willson’s “The Alma Mater.”

The Hanover College Band will perform Charpentier’s “Te Deum Prelude,” along with processional and recessional works by Elgar. The instrumentalists will be directed by Jonathan Stanley, assistant professor of music.

The Rev. Catherine Y.E. Knott, Ball Family Chaplain, will perform the benediction and invocation. She will also deliver the sermon at the traditional pre-graduation baccalaureate service, Friday, May 26.

Marshals for the commencement ceremony will be Ann Kirkland, professor of French, Dan Murphy ‘77, professor of history, and Bill Tereshko, professor of kinesiology and integrative physiology.

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 before 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.