Around the Block – Commencement is Here – Congratulations Graduates!

Senior Spotlight

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Lucy Carlson-Krakoff ’23
Major: Romance Languages (concentration in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian)

Q: Tell us about your favorite extracurricular activity and explain why it was important for you at CC.
A: My first semester at CC, I started teaching fitness classes at the Adam F. Press Fitness Center. I transferred from CC during Covid and didn’t know anyone. Yet, somehow I built a “following” and about 30 people regularly came to Yoga Sculpt and Cardio Pilates. This really defined my time at CC because I got to know new people. I was even known as “Pilates Lucy.”

Q: Is there anyone you met at CC who has been particularly important to your experience here? What is your most memorable moment with them?
A: I met my best friend, Manuel, at CC. He supported me through highs and lows and even encouraged me to sign up for two blocks abroad in Brazil. Without him, it’s fair to say I would be a completely different (worse) person. My favorite moment with him is not a single moment, but an aggregation of happy memories. We cooked dinner almost every night in my kitchen on campus and traveled to Costa Rica and Brazil together. To Manuel, I love you. Thank you. And thank you to CC for bringing him into my life.

Q: What are your plans for the future after graduation?
A: I accepted a job offer at the Community Foundation Boulder County as a Communications Associate. I will be using my Spanish skills to spread information about the organization and its mission.

Commencement is coming up this Sunday, May 28, at 8:30 a.m. Watch live on our Facebook page or on our website. Don’t forget to share your graduation experiences using #ColoradoCollege2023!

Important Dates for Graduating Students

Fri., May 26

Cap and Gown Pickup
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
at the CC Bookstore, located in Yalich Student Services Center
Students may make arrangements with the bookstore if the scheduled time does not work for them.
Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal
11 a.m.
in Ed Robson Arena
All graduates are required to attend rehearsal to walk in Sunday’s ceremony. The lineup for this will be the same at Commencement.
Senior BBQ
12:15-1:30 p.m.,
Ed Robson Arena, concourse level
Please join the Annual Giving and Alumni Office for a BBQ lunch to celebrate your accomplishments. (This event is optional and for graduating students only.) 
Grad Images
1-4 p.m.,
Ed Robson Arena, Chapman Room
Grad Images will be taking individual/family photos of graduating seniors.
Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony (invitation only)
3 p.m.
in Celeste Theatre Main Space

Sat., May 27

10-11 a.m. Legacy Brunch (invitation only)
Gates Common Room, 2nd floor of Palmer Hall
2-3 p.m. Senior Class Photo
Location: Palmer Steps
A cap and gown are required for the photo. After the photo, the Baccalaureate senior line up will be in the Tutt Science Quad.

3-4 p.m. Baccalaureate Ceremony in Shove Chapel
A baccalaureate is a centuries-old graduation tradition. This ceremony provides a quiet, intimate opportunity to reflect on the rite of passage of graduation, hear from a faculty member, and enjoy students’ talents. Students and their invited guests may attend in person, and an online live stream of the ceremony will be available. Two guests per student. Cap and gown required.

Departmental Receptions
Various locations
Academic departments typically hold receptions on Saturday afternoon following Baccalaureate, at locations on and off campus. Watch for an invitation directly from your academic department.

Sun., May 28

7:15 a.m. Graduates Assemble
North side Ed Robson Arena
8:30-11 a.m. Commencement Ceremony for the Class Of 2023
Ed Robson Arena
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Reception, Tava Quad
Everyone is invited to gather and celebrate outside on Tava Quad following the Commencement ceremony.

The Summer Music Festival Kicks Off June 7!

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Photo by Lonnie Timmons III
The Colorado College Summer Music Festival will be presenting more than 20 concerts and special events during its 39th season throughout the month of June. Concerts include chamber and orchestral music, presented by world-class musicians who teach throughout the three-week festival and the pre-professional student fellows who are on campus to learn and perform. There are free and ticketed events throughout, with most concerts presented on the Colorado College campus and some performances in venues in the Colorado Springs community.

Summer Music Festival events begin this year with a Festival Artists Concert on Wed., June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Packard Hall on the CC campus. Performers include festival artists Laura Frautschi, Mark Fewer, Stefan Hersh on violin, Alice Dade on flute, Jon Manasse on clarinet, and Steven Beck on piano, among many other familiar faculty members of the festival. The program includes works by Gabrieli, Fuchs, Kernis, Host, and Dohnànyi. The festival highlights its preeminent performance faculty with four more Festival Artists chamber music concerts, all beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Packard Hall, on June 10, June 15, June 19, and June 22.

Nuclear New Mexico – A Southwest Studies Department Trip

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Paraprofessional Lucie Raphael ’22 and Beatrice Roussell ’24 converse in front of the monument marking the location of the first-ever nuclear detonation at Trinity Site in March 2023.

Photo submitted by Zeke Lloyd ’24.
By Zeke Lloyd ’24

This spring, a group of ten embarked on a trip to New Mexico. The focus of the journey was to learn about various communities who were displaced and disadvantaged because of the long history of U.S. nuclear research in New Mexico.

Some sites, like The Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos, provided a federal overview of atomic history. Connected to Albuquerque’s National Nuclear History Museum was a sandy lot which featured retired B-29s, B-52s, various fighter planes, British rockets, and even the conning tower of a submarine.

On the second day, we visited SITE Santa Fe. The contemporary art museum featured an exhibit called “Artists Against the Bomb Billboard Project.” The next day, at the University of New Mexico, we sat down with professor Myrriah Gómez for a two-hour seminar on the impact of nuclear testing in rural areas.

After years of learning about nuclearization in the classroom, I thought of a nuclear weapon as a deterrent. Through conversations on the trip, I came to understand it in new ways. It’s a pollutant. It’s a lasting carcinogen. It’s a symbol of federal power which was tested indiscriminately across states, often without residents’ knowledge.

But standing in the middle of White Sands Missile Range, a desert made empty by an atomic weapon, I couldn’t ignore the reality. Nuclear weapons are real. The scenes left behind are harrowing. That image, that barren nothing which remains over three-quarters of a century after detonation, will stay imprinted on my mind forever. 

Shane Lory ’16 Awarded Livesay Award

Shane Lory ’16, who, as a Colorado College sophomore, co-founded the nonprofit Colorado Springs Food Rescue, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Livesay Award for Social Change, a move that fittingly brings his undergraduate experience at CC full circle.

The Livesay Award, named for Professor Emeritus of Sociology Jeff Livesay, was presented at the Public Interest Fellowship Program dinner on May 1. The award is presented annually to a Colorado College graduate “who is living out the mission, spirit, and goals of the Public Interest Fellowship Program in their life and career by contributing to systemic change, by increasing the capacity of the nonprofit sector, and by helping to build a new generation of nonprofit leaders.

Photo of the Week

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The Class of 2023 celebrates during the annual Champagne Showers at the Earle Flagpole in Worner Quad on May 24.
Photo by Lonnie Timmons III
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