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 2018 Baccalaureate service will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Due to limited seating, each graduating student will receive two tickets on a first come first serve basis beginning on May 14th at the Worner Desk. Any student who does not get tickets for their family will be redirected to watch the ceremony on a live feed in Kathryn Mohrman Theatre.
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.
Assistant Professor of Political Science Elizabeth Coggins has agreed to give the Baccalaureate address. Professor Coggins attended Wake Forest University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in political science. She received a master’s degree from the University of Georgia before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a master’s degree in political science and her Ph.D. in American Politics and Methodology. Professor Coggins was a post-doctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis before joining the Colorado College faculty in 2014. The author of several articles, she is an expert on public opinion, ideology, and media and politics. In nominating her for Baccalaureate speaker, students noted that Professor Coggins “is one of the best professors on campus,” and “will be able to inspire the senior class to go forth and make a difference in the world.”
2018 Elizabeth Coggins, Political Science
2017 Manya Whitaker, Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies Program
2016 Idris Goodwin, Theatre and Dance
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