The blessings of Baccalaureate

Baccalaureate is a centuries-old graduation tradition that is held in Shove Memorial Chapel at Colorado College during Commencement Weekend. The Baccalaureate ceremony offers a quiet, intimate opportunity to reflect on the rite of passage that is graduation, hear faculty members share advice to the graduates, and enjoy students’ talents. This year seniors chose as their Baccalaureate speaker Nadia Guessous, assistant professor of Feminist & Gender Studies and Arabic & Islamic Studies. John Capers ’21 provided opening remarks, Lili Whittier ’21 sang, and Tianyi Bai ’21 introduced our speaker.

A beautiful tradition at CC is Baccalaureate blessings, hosted by the Chaplain’s Office. Family and friends send cards with hopeful and celebratory messages for our graduates, and these hang in the chapel entrance where graduates march in for the ceremony. This year, hundreds of these beautiful messages were sent virtually, from across the nation and across the world, in photos, writing, original art, videos, and more. They are truly a delight to experience.

We’re looking forward to seeing many of our 2020 graduates at their Commencement ceremony on Sunday.

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