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Commencement 2013 to be streamed live on Centre website

May 9, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger       

Centre College’s 190th Commencement will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 in Newlin Hall of the Norton Center for the Arts. The 2013 graduation exercises will begin with the Baccalaureate ceremony, which will also take place in Newlin Hall at 11 a.m. that morning.

The 2013 Commencement ceremony will see 296 graduates cross the stage—Centre’s largest graduating class ever. The group includes the first graduating class of Brown Fellows at Centre, who have made an indelible impact on the College and the community.

For the third consecutive year, the Commencement ceremony will be streamed live on the Centre College website, thanks to the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). A link to the streaming video will be posted and available on the Centre homepage. The live stream will be accessible through virtually all operating systems and browsers, and will likely even be accessible on mobile devices.

Baccalaureate 2013

Rick Axtell, Paul L. Cantrell Associate Professor of Religion at Centre and college chaplain, will deliver the 2013 Baccalaureate address. A perennial favorite Baccalaureate speaker, Axtell taught at Centre in 1992-93 and has been teaching at the College since 1995. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2008. He was honored as Teacher of the Year at Bellarmine College while teaching in Louisville and was also named Metro Louisville Hunger Activist of the Year.

Axtell has led study abroad trips to Cuba, England, Mexico and Nicaragua. He has also studied hunger, sustainable development and liberation theory in Bangladesh, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and India, as well as in cities across America. Highly involved with the study of hunger and homelessness, Axtell has served as director of Louisville United Against Hunger and as a case manager working with homeless men through the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Beloved by students, Axtell encourages those in his classes to come to grips with local hunger and homelessness. His students have visited Lexington and Louisville agencies that are attempting to serve people of the area and have even slept in homeless shelters.

Axtell holds a B.A. degree from Mississippi College and an M.Div. and Ph.D. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has also completed other advanced studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Commencement 2013

ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz will deliver the 2013 Commencement address. Raddatz moderated the Vice Presidential Debate at Centre on Oct. 11, 2012, and was honored for her skills as a moderator with a 2013 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.

Raddatz has held her current role at ABC since 2008. Previously, she acted as the network’s State Department and senior national security correspondent. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding journalism, including four Emmy Awards, an Overseas Press Club Award and the Daniel Pearl Award, among others.

Before joining ABC News, Raddatz worked as the Pentagon correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR).

Through the years, Raddatz’s work has taken her across the world to various places, including the former Soviet Union, Africa, the Middle East, the Philippines, Haiti, the Yemen, Asia and Europe.

Raddatz is the author of “The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family” (2007), a New York Times Bestseller about the Iraqi war.

Sculptor Ed Hamilton will also be honored with an honorary degree at the Commencement ceremony. Hamilton, who created Centre’s Lincoln statue, is renowned for his work, including “The Spirit of Freedom,” the African-American Civil War Memorial in Washington, D.C., and a previous statue of Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Louisville’s Waterfront Park.

For a complete list of events and activities surrounding Centre Commencement, click here.

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Centre College, founded in 1819, is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Danville, Ky. Centre hosted its second Vice Presidential Debate on 10.11.12, and remains the smallest college in the smallest town ever to host a general election debate. For more, click here.

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