Following April's Founders Day Convocation, Commencement and Emeritus Club Weekend 2008 will mark the second great event in Kalamazoo College's celebration of its 175th Anniversary. On Sunday, June 15, more than 260 seniors will process down our Fair Arcadian Hill in the time-honored tradition that is "K's" Commencement. Some 1,500 friends, family members, schoolmates, alumni, faculty and staff will join them on the sun-soaked (we hope!) quadrangle for an afternoon of reflection, celebration, and looking ahead to bright futures.
Kicking off the weekend for seniors and their guests are the Senior Awards Program, Departmental Receptions, and Senior Music Recital on Saturday afternoon, followed by the evening's Baccalaureate Service at 8 pm in Stetson Chapel. Sunday's Commencement Ceremony (1 pm) will include speeches from a faculty member and a senior selected by his or her classmates. An honorary degree will be awarded to Aleksander Hemon, a MacArthur Fellow and author of Nowhere Man, four years ago the Summer Common Reading book for this year's graduating class. Dr. David Breneman, Kalamazoo College's 14th president (1983-1989), will receive an honorary degree.
Emeritus Club alumni from the Class of 1958 and beyond will share this landmark weekend with the Class of 2008, celebrating their 50th through 65th class reunions on campus Saturday evening. They will join fellow Emeritus Club member Dr. Marlene Crandell Francis '58 in the launch of her
More than 260 seniors will process down our Fair Arcadian Hill.new book A Fellowship in Learning: Kalamazoo College, 1833-2008.
Dr. Francis will host a book signing at the Emeritus Club Tea in Yehle Reading Room of the Upjohn Library Commons (4 pm) on Saturday afternoon, and Emeritus Club alumni who return for the weekend will receive a complimentary copy of her book. Following the Emeritus Club Brunch and Annual Meeting on Sunday morning, Emeritus Club alumni will enjoy reserved seating at the Commencement ceremony and will lead the graduating seniors in their recessional, welcoming a new generation of alumni into their ranks.
For more information on these and other upcoming events, please visit the Alumni Relations Website.