Hanover College will celebrate its 186th commencement, Saturday, May 25, with the conferral of degrees to the 224 members of the Class of 2019. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at The Point.
Hanover President Lake Lambert will present opening remarks. Mark Levett ’71, chair, will offer greetings from the College’s board of trustees. Ian Jiles, a senior from Indianapolis, Ind., will deliver the class address. James “Rusty” Rueff Jr., an acclaimed Silicon Valley investor, advisor, author, podcast host and venture coach for startup companies, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
Rueff, who attended Hanover for two years, is a past board chair of the Grammy Foundation in Los Angeles and served as an executive vice president for Electronic Arts and PepsiCo, and chief executive officer of SNOCAP, Inc. While at Hanover, he appeared in two plays during as part of the College’s theatre department, including “Madwoman of Chaillot” and “Love’s Labor’s Lost,” and was the public address announcer for Hanover’s men’s basketball team. His communication education at Hanover served him well as he spent six years in commercial radio as an on-air personality.
In 2014, he was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Committee for the Arts at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Jiles has served the campus community as member of Kaleidoscope, Love Out Loud and Feminist Club. He is also a contributor to “Kennings,” the College’s artistic and literary magazine.
The Hanover College Choir will perform selections by Darla Eshelman 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, directed by Associate Professor of Music David Mruzek, will perform processional and recessional medleys. The ensemble consists of Hanover students and faculty, as well as area community members and high school students.
Marshals for the commencement ceremony will be Ann Kirkland, professor of French; Dan Murphy, professor of history; and Ruth Turner, professor of political science.
Graduation activities will begin at 6 p.m., Friday, May 24, with the College’s traditional baccalaureate service in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.
The Rev. Christopher Henry will deliver the baccalaureate address. Henry is senior pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis.
The Rev. Catherine Y.E. Knott, Hanover’s chaplain, will perform the benediction and invocation. Madeline Rathgeber Meyer, a senior from Ramsey, Ind., and Samuel Pyle, a junior from Goshen, Ky., will read scripture.
The service will also feature the Hanover College Choir and an anthem by composer Josephine Poelinitz.
Live coverage of Hanover’s commencement will air at hanover.edu/live.
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.
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.