Commencement Procession

Ripon College 2014 Commencement


Dear Parents, Family and Friends of 2014 Graduates:

It is hard to believe that Commencement 2014 is coming up quickly. Therefore, we wanted to share some basic information with you to help in the planning for Commencement Weekend.

We hope the information on this page is helpful. Our office wants your visit to our campus to be enjoyable and pleasant. If questions arise as you prepare for Commencement, please contact us at the information below:

Office of Alumni & Parent Relations


Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 15, 2014

5:30 p.m.
Mathematics and Computer Science Senior Dinner
S.N. Pickard Commons  

Friday, May 16, 2014

9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ripon College Bookstore Special Commencement Hours

1:15 p.m.
ROTC Commissioning
Reception to follow
Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union


Saturday, May 17, 2014

8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Ripon College Senior Art Exhibit
Lobby, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts

9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ripon College Bookstore Special Commencement Hours

4-5:30 p.m.
President’s Reception
For graduates and their families, Trustees, faculty and staff
Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union

8-9 p.m.
Baccalaureate Service
An interfaith service featuring senior speakers and musical performances
First Congregational Church, 220 Ransom St.

The following Academic Receptions are for graduating majors, minors and their families.

1-2 p.m. Communication
The home of Professor Jody and Jon Roy, 631 E. Jackson St.

1-2:30 p.m. Psychology/Psychobiology
Evans Center

1-3 p.m. Biology/Chemistry-Biology/Psychobiology/Environmental Studies
The McCullough Family Lounge, Farr Hall of Science

1-3 p.m. Chemistry/Chemistry-Biology/Physics
The home of Barbara ’68 and Dr. Cris Johnson ’69, 646 Lincoln St.

1:30-2:30 p.m. Religion
Mihaly Room, S.N. Pickard Commons

1:30-3 p.m. Philosophy
Wensink Faculty Lounge, East Hall

2:30-3:30 p.m. Business Management/Economics
Museum, West Hall

2:30-3:30 p.m. English/Art/Music/Theatre/Educational Studies
Lobby, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts

3-4:30 p.m. German/Romance and Classical Languages/Classical Studies
The home of Professor Eddie and Astride Lowry, 646 Woodside Ave.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ripon College Bookstore Special Commencement Hours

9:15 a.m.
Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony
Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union

10 a.m.
Senior Brunch and Forum
A discussion featuring the honorary degree recipients, moderated by President Zach Messitte Brunch served until 10:30 a.m. for graduates, families, friends, faculty, staff and Trustees
S.N. Pickard Commons
Forum from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

12:45 p.m.
Commencement Procession Assembly
Graduates will line up on the sidewalk between East and Todd Wehr halls
(In case of inclement weather, graduates should meet in Aylward Hall, J.M. Storzer Center)

1:30 p.m.
Commencement Ceremony
Harwood Memorial Union Lawn
(In case of inclement weather, to be held in Wyman Gymnasium, J.M. Storzer Center)

Following Ceremony
Smith Hall Lawn (In case of inclement weather, to be held in Aylward Hall, J.M. Storzer Center)

3:45 p.m.
Politics and Government/National Security Studies Reception
Wensink Faculty Lounge, East Hall


Honored Guests

David Plotz and Hanna Rosin of the online magazine Slate will deliver a joint commencement address during Ripon College’s one hundred forty-eighth graduation exercises, held Sunday, May 18, at 1:30 p.m.

Plotz, editor of Slate, and Rosin, co-founder of DoubleX, a women’s site connected to Slate, and senior editor at The Atlantic, are accomplished authors and journalists as well as early pioneers in the field of online journalism. They are also husband and wife.

The 2014 Ripon College commencement theme is “The New Media,” which will explore the transformation of how we communicate and share information in an age where digital technology has altered the way we receive information.

“Hanna Rosin and David Plotz are two of the most important journalists of their generation,” said Zach Messitte, president of Ripon College. “Through their books, articles, podcasts and blogging, they were both early pioneers in the transformation from the era of print to today’s dynamic new media landscape.”

A special panel discussion on the topic of new media will take place prior to commencement on Sunday morning from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., featuring Plotz, Rosin and Mark Porubcansky ’77, foreign editor of The Los Angeles Times. The panel will be followed by a book signing.

About the Speakers

David PlotzDavid Plotz is the editor in chief of the online magazine Slate. He has been with Slate as a feature writer, columnist and editor since Microsoft founded Slate in 1996. He is also the host of the popular Slate Political Gabfest, a weekly podcast. While he has been editor, Slate has won two National Magazine Awards (one for General Excellence) and been nominated for 12 National Magazine Awards.

Plotz worked as a senior editor and staff writer for the Washington City Paper, and has written for the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, GQ, The New Republic, and the Washington Post, among other publications, and has appeared on The Colbert Report, The View, and The Today Show, among other TV programs. He is the author of two books, The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank (Random House, 2006) and the national bestseller Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous and Inspiring Things I Learned when I Read Every Single Word of the Bible (Harper, 2009). A native of Washington, D.C., Plotz graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Social Studies.

Hanna RosinHanna Rosin is the co-founder of DoubleX, a women’s website connected to the online magazine Slate. She is also a senior editor at The Atlantic. She has previously written for The Washington Post, The New Yorker, GQ and New York magazine after beginning her career as a staff writer for The New Republic. Rosin has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report on Comedy Central.

In 2012, Rosin published The End of Men and the Rise of Women (Riverhead Books) that grew out of a cover story for The Atlantic. Writing in The New York Times, David Brooks noted, “Rosin is not saying that women are winners in a global gender war or that they are doing super simply because men are doing worse. She’s just saying women are adapting to today’s economy more flexibly and resiliently than men. There’s a lot of evidence to support her case.” She is also the author of a second book, God’s Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America (Houghton Mifflin, 2007) and has written frequently on religious-political issues. Rosin was born in Israel and grew up in Queens, New York where her father was a taxi driver. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Comparative Literature.

Mark PorubcanskyMark Porubcansky ‘77, is foreign editor of The Los Angeles Times. He majored in Politics and Government and Philosophy at Ripon College, and went on to a distinguished career with the Associated Press, serving in Moscow, Vienna and Hong Kong. He covered the Glasnost and Perestroika era in the Soviet Union, and the wars in Croatia and Bosnia.

Porubcansky joined The Los Angeles Times as an assistant foreign editor in 1998, and was named foreign editor in 2013. He has a hand in The Times’ coverage of all major international stories of the last 15 years including Afghanistan, the invasion and occupation of Iraq and the Arab Spring. He also edited and shaped award-winning projects including “The New Foreign Aid,” an examination of the flow of workers’ remittances around the globe, and “Living on Pennies,” a piercing look at Africans’ daily struggle for survival.

2014 Commencement Theme: The New Media

The 2014 Ripon College commencement theme is “The New Media,” which will explore the transformation of how we communicate and share information in an age where digital technology has altered the way we receive information.

The liberally educated are effective communicators and critical thinkers. They know how to use language; evaluate, select and employ evidence; make strong arguments, and recognize and dismantle weak ones. Historically, expression of this kind was spoken or written and, when written, was fixed and tangible. The emergence of digital technology has changed communication and contributed to the establishment of new media. We recognize the new media because we know that it is essential that our students grasp their intricacies, nuances, power and potential.

Transportation and Lodging

For parents and guests visiting Ripon for the first time, by car we are three hours north of Chicago. We are served by airports in Milwaukee (a two-hour drive from Ripon), Appleton (45 minutes) and Oshkosh (20 minutes). Milwaukee offers more frequent service. From the Milwaukee, Chicago and Appleton airports guests may choose to rent a car. Ripon is served by taxi to and from the Oshkosh and Appleton airports. Our full campus is available online here:

There are several lodging options available in and around the City of Ripon. Please click here for more information. Commencement Weekend attracts many out-of-town guests to campus, so you are encouraged to make your lodging reservations early.