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So [Shove Chapel] is a joyful space, a space of artistic challenge, and space of mourning all at the same time. These layers of signification make it most of all a ritual space. It calls us to think behind the surfaces of the times at which we gather here both to those moments' transcendent meaning and to the character of our community.
                                                                      Prof. Carol Neel, Baccalaureate Address 2013

Baccalaureate is a centuries-old graduation tradition that is held in Shove Chapel at Colorado College during Commencement Weekend. The theme of the address is broadly conceived and may address ethical or religious topics. Past speakers have used the Baccalaureate address as an opportunity to explore varied perspectives on the human condition and spirit. The baccalaureate ceremony offers a quiet, intimate opportunity to pause and reflect on the rite of passage that is graduation, hear faculty members offer advice to the graduating class, and enjoy students'  talents.

The 2016 Baccalaureate service will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 3 p.m.

Due to limited seating, each graduating student will receive two tickets for family members when they pick up their cap and gown. Additional guests are invited to watch the ceremony on a live feed in Armstrong Theatre or online via live-stream.

Baccalaureate Blessings

Baccalaureate Blessings are a special part of the graduation tradition for Colorado College students. Each year in late March, parents and families of graduating seniors are mailed an invitation to participate in creating Baccalaureate Blessings cards for their student. Each card hangs throughout commencement weekend in the west entrance of Shove Chapel, displaying words of celebration for graduating seniors. Together, these cards form a communal blessing, sharing both individual and collective love, blessing, and hope for the graduates as they journey forth from Colorado College. The photographs to the left are a few examples of the many we have received since beginning this program. If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Chaplains' Office.

Baccalaureate Addresses

Idris Goodwin 2016A prolific playwright and performer, Idris Goodwin joined the faculty as a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in 2012. He received his BA in Film, Video, and Screenwriting from Columbia College, his MFA in Creative Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and continues graduate work at the University of Iowa’s Iowa Playwrights Workshop.

Professor Goodwin is admired for his dynamic and innovative teaching. Last year, he was the recipient of the Lloyd E. Worner Teacher of the Year Award, awarded by CCSGA.  

In addition, on the recommendation of the Academic Events Committee and with the approval of the Board of Trustees, the college will award honorary degrees to three individuals who have made outstanding contributions in their fields.

Professor Goodwin's 2016 Baccalaureate Address is titled, "The Future is Your Choice"

Previous Addresses

2015    Michael Grace, Music

2014     Kristi Erdal, Psychology

2013     Carol Neel, History

2012     Matthew Bakker, Sociology

2011     Miro Kummel, Environmental Science

2010     Tomi-Ann Roberts, Psychology

2009     Jonathan Lee, Philosophy

2008     David Weddle, Religion

2007     John Riker, Philosophy

2006     Sam Williams, Religion