Baccalaureate

Most seniors and their parents are clear about the meaning of commencement, the occasion which celebrates graduates’ academic achievement by the awarding of diplomas. Baccalaureate is less familiar as many students did not have such an event at their high school.

At the baccalaureate ceremony, Earlham celebrates the importance of the whole journey that students and faculty have undertaken together. It is an occasion to reflect on the joys and struggles of the past four years and to celebrate the growth of students and of their mentors.

Reflecting the Quaker nature of the College, baccalaureate at Earlham incorporates elements similar to those found in programmed Friends Meetings for Worship—typically opening prayers, reading(s), prepared remarks by students and faculty, time(s) for silent worship and reflection and music.

The College strives to make it an occasion of worship and centering for all who are present. Many seniors, faculty and staff find baccalaureate to be a significant event as they seek closure for their time together in these four years at Earlham.

Baccalaureate 2021

Due to COVID-19, this year’s baccalaureate ceremony will be limited to only graduating seniors and the faculty speakers. It will be held in the Druley Performance Gym in the Athletics and Wellness Center on Thursday, May 20 at 4 p.m.

Return on May 20 to watch the baccalaureate ceremony live on this webpage.

At a glance

  • Thursday, May 20
  • 4 p.m.
  • Druley Performance Gym, AWC

PAST BACCALAUREATE ADDRESSES

Who Are You Class of 2020?: An Open Letter Concerning Holding Fast & Moving Forward In A Viral Time…And Beyond

James Logan, Associate Academic Dean, Professor of Religion, Professor and Director of African & African American Studies, National Endowment for the Humanities Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies

Teaching Old Dogs

Maggie Thomas, Associate Professor of Experimental Social Psychology and Faculty Director of EPIC Programs

Imagining a World beyond Work

Ryan Murphy, Assistant Professor of History and Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Studies

The Labor of the Lost Cause

Joanna Swanger, Program Director and Associate Professor of Peace & Global Studies

A (lacixodaraP) World of Fire and Peace

James Logan, Professor of Religion, Professor and Director of African and African American Studies, National Endowment for the Humanities Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies

Are We There Yet?

Nelson Bingham, Professor of Psychology

A World Yearning for Your (Sometimes Funky) Love

James Logan, Associate Professor of Religion, Associate Professor and Director of African and African American Studies, and Second Year Class Dean

Conformational Change

Bob Rosenberg, Professor of Biology

The Tao of the Ant Guy

Andrew Moore, Assistant Professor of Geology

The Tyranny of Certainty

Joanna Swanger, Program Director and Assistant Professor, Peace & Global Studies

A (Not So) Simple Word of (Audacious) Hope

2008, James Logan, Assistant Professor of Religion Assistant Professor of African & African American Studies

The Monster and the Riddle

Caroline Higgins, Professor of Peace & Global Studies and History

Was It Good for You?

Steve Heiny, Professor of Classics

Just Isn’t So.

Vince Punzo, Professor of Psychology

What Does It Matter To Me?

Robert Johnstone, Professor of Politics

If I Forget You…

Gordon Thompson, Professor of English

Playing Good Books, Reading Good Roles

Steve Heiny, Professor of Classics

Sayings and Slogans

Paul Lacey, Professor of English

Gamming on the Green

Lincoln Blake, Professor of English

1999 Baccalaureate Address

Mary Lacey, Assistant Professor of English

Little by Little

Vince Punzo, Professor of Psychology

The Words We Wear: Talking and Walking

Barbara Caruso, Professor of English & Women’s Studies Coordinator

1994 Baccalaureate Address

Stephen Butler, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

When We Leave Our Desks

Peter Suber, Professor of Philosophy

On Being Redundant: Freedom Is Not Once

Barbara Caruso, Professor of English & Women’s Studies Coordinator

The Kitchen Drawer

Stephen Butler, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, and African and African-American Studies

Becoming Free

Peter Suber, Professor of Philosophy

1985 Baccalaureate Address

Stephen Butler, Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies

The Difference Between Poetry and Rhetoric

Barbara Caruso, Assistant Professor of English & Women’s Studies Coordinator

Acting on the World

Stephen Butler, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Questions?

Contact the Office of Religious Life with questions about Baccalaureate.