Hanover College will celebrate its 185th commencement, Friday-Saturday, May 25-26. Graduation activities will begin at 6 p.m., Friday, May 25, with the College’s traditional baccalaureate service in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The 235 members of the Class of 2018 will receive diplomas Saturday, May 26, during a ceremony that begins at 10 a.m. at The Point.

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

Hanover President Lake Lambert will deliver the commencement address and Cara Hoskins will deliver the senior address.

Lambert, in his third year at Hanover, began his tenure as the College’s 16th president July 1, 2015. He came to Hanover from Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where he served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts since 2010. He previously served as a professor of religion and Board of Regents Chair in Ethics at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, from 1996 to 2010.

An active scholar, Lambert also serves as a professor of theological studies at Hanover. His research has focused on workplace spirituality, professional ethics, and church-related higher education. He is the author of “Spirituality, Inc.: Religion in the American Workplace,” which surveys the role of spirituality in business from medieval guilds to industrial company towns, right up to current trends in the contemporary business environment. He has also authored several articles and essays in academic journals.

Hoskins, a member of the Business Scholars Program, has served many roles during her four years on campus, including: residence hall director, lead tutor at the Ken and Kendal Gladish Teaching and Learning Center, president of the Student Broadcasting Association, president of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and scholarship chair for Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She also has been active as co-founder and vice president of Circle K, a campus volunteer organization, fundraising chair for Earthwide Outreach by Students and a marketing intern for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Mark Levett ’71, chair, will offer greetings from Hanover’s Board of Trustees. Steven Jobe, vice president and dean of academic affairs, will recognize retiring faculty. Dawn Doup-Pandit '98 will welcome members of the Class of 2018 into the College’s alumni association.

The Hanover College Choir will perform selections from Steven Schwartz 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, professor of music, the group also includes members of Hanover’s faculty and staff.

The Hanover College Instrumental Ensemble will perform William Henry Monk’s “Abide with Me,” Robert Sheldon’s “Integrity,” David Gorham’s "Processional March" and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “March from the Consecration of the House" and "Ode to Joy." The instrumentalists are directed by David Mruzek, associate professor of music.

The Rev. Catherine Y.E. Knott, Hanover’s chaplain, will perform the benediction and invocation.

Marshals for the commencement ceremony will be Ann Kirkland, professor of French; Dan Murphy, professor of history; and Ruth Turner, professor of political science.

The Rev. L. John Gable '78 will deliver the benediction and baccalaureate address. Gable is senior pastor at the Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis.

Knott will present the invocation. Joselyn Evans-Bautista and Joshua Hill, members of the graduating class, will read scripture.

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

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.