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Commencement set for May 12

Sunday, April 28, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at or 608-363-2849

Approximately 300 graduates will receive their diplomas at the 163rd Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 12 at 11 a.m. on the lawn in front of Middle College. (In the event of rain, the ceremony will take place at the same time in the Sports Center’s Flood Arena.)

Before then, here are six things to know about Commencement:

1. It’s being live streamed.

Anyone who can’t make the Commencement ceremony can watch it live at

2. A U.S. Senator will speak.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) will address the graduating class. The newly installed senator, who has represented the Beloit community since 1999, was the unanimous selection of the college’s senior class officers. Other speakers include seniors Malcolm Yates and Hannah Warren who will serve as the Baccalaureate and Commencement speakers, respectively. 

3. The weather will be great.

President Scott Bierman is optimistic the day of Commencement will be 70 degrees and sunny.

4. You can enjoy a picnic lunch afterwards.

After the ceremony, President Scott Bierman, along with Beloit College faculty and staff, invite graduates and their families/guests to the annual Picnic on the Mounds. Graduates will receive a complimentary lunch.

Beloit blankets, which are a soft blue fleece with an embroidered “B,” are ideal for the picnic on the Middle College and Pearsons Hall lawns. The cost is $20 per blanket. All profits will go to the senior class gift fund and, therefore, back to the next generation of Beloiters.  The deadline for ordering is Wednesday (May 1). 

5. The celebration starts the day before commencement.

Graduating seniors will sing, dance, perform music and deliver their Beloit-ish insights one last time at Baccalaureate, which will also be live streamed at The annual program takes place in Eaton Chapel on Saturday, May 11 at 4:45 p.m., immediately following the President’s reception at the President’s house from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. All seniors, parents and other Commencement guests are invited to attend Baccalaureate.

6. Get off campus and see some art.

Beloit’s annual ArtWalk will be held over Commencement weekend, giving families and friends of graduates the opportunity to join the fun. Visitors can browse artwork by more than 50 artists shown in 25 downtown venues, along with food, live music, restaurant specials and free trolley rides. ArtWalk takes place Friday, May 10 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission is free.

For more details on Commencement, visit