Baccalaureate and Commencement


Rhodes Baccalaureate

Friday, May 12, 3:30 pm, the Multi-Sports Forum of the Bryan Campus Life Center
Rhodes traditionally holds a formal academic program called Baccalaureate on the Friday before Commencement. Members of the graduating class are prominently featured on the program. In lieu of a speaker at Commencement, Rhodes invites a distinguished guest to deliver the Baccalaureate address. This year's speaker is retiring religious studies professor Dr. Mark Muesse. Muesse came to the college in 1988. He has taught at the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary in India and at Harvard University, where he earned two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. At Rhodes, Muesse has taught courses in world religions and philosophy, modern theology, and spirituality. He employs images, films, and music in his teaching and has produced four series of videotaped courses for The Great Courses. He also is the author of The Hindu Traditions, The Age of the Sages, and Four Wise Men. Seniors will wear caps and gowns and will sit together as a class. See TICKETS FOR BACCALAUREATE AND COMMENCEMENT. A live stream of the ceremony will be available on the college home page starting at 3 pm. The ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m.

Rhodes Commencement

Saturday, May 13, 9:30 am, Fisher Garden
The 2017 Commencement marks the conclusion of the 168th session of the college. Seating tickets are required for admission to Fisher Garden. See TICKETS FOR BACCALAUREATE AND COMMENCEMENT. (Rain location: see Rain Plan) The ceremony will be streamed from the Rhodes home page starting at 9:15 am.