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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 2015 Baccalaureate service will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2015 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

Michael Grace 2015Michael Grace has been a member of the Colorado College faculty since 1967. He is currently Professor of Music. In addition to his faculty appointment, he has served Colorado College as Acting President, chair of the music department, and as Dean of the Summer Session.

He has performed with CC's Collegium Musicum as an instrumentalist since its inception and has also concertized in other venues in Colorado Springs and the Rocky Mountain region. Under his direction, the Collegium Vocal Ensemble has toured internationally in recent years to Austria, China, the Czech Republic, Germany and Italy. As a music historian, his research has included investigations in the 17th-century oratorio, performance practices in the Renaissance and, most recently, the relationship between piano music and painting. He has toured with his wife, concert pianist Susan Grace; together, they present lecture/concerts of piano music inspired by visual art works. His teaching has focused on music history courses for the music majors, as well as topics courses on Mozart, American Music, Twentieth-Century Music and interdisciplinary courses in Renaissance Culture and the history of art and music.

Professor Grace obtained his B.A. and M.A. from Colorado College in 1963 + 1964, and completed Ph.D. from Yale University in 1974 He serves as the Lloyd Edson Worner Distinguished Service Professor.

Professor Grace's Baccalaureate Address is focused on the topic of "Enlightenment"

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