Adrian College Spring Commencement to be Held May 5

219 students to take part in ceremony in Commencement Plaza.

ADRIAN, Mich. – The 153rd spring commencement ceremony at Adrian College is scheduled for 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, May 5, 2013. In keeping with tradition, the commencement ceremony will be held at Commencement Plaza in the center of campus near Herrick Bell Tower.  

A traditional Baccalaureate service is to be held in Herrick Chapel at 10:30 A.M. Herrick Chapel is located on the College campus off of Charles Street.


A Military Commissioning ceremony will be taking place at 11:30 A.M. to honor graduates Raymond Platts IV and Austin Mac Hastings Wallace.

U. S. Senator Carl Levin will give the commencement address. In 2006, Senator Levin was named by TIME Magazine as one of “America’s 10 Best Senators.” He has served the State of Michigan in the Senate since 1978, making him the longest serving senator in Michigan’s history.

“We are honored he will be speaking to our graduates,” said Dr. Jeffrey R. Docking, president of Adrian College.

Honorary degrees will be awarded to Senator Levin, as well as Kathryn Mohr, chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees.


During the ceremony, the graduating class presents the College’s beloved Shepherd’s Crook to the undergraduates as a symbol of achievement and a transfer of responsibility. Before passing the crook, the president of the graduating class attaches a ribbon bearing the name of each class member.