Thursday, May 19

  • 10 a.m. Commencement and Senior Sing rehearsal for seniors. Caps and gowns will be distributed at this time on the Toan Track in the Lowry Center
  • 3 p.m. Registration and information center opens in the Kenyon College Bookstore
  • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner in the Peirce Hall servery
  • 10 p.m. Registration and information center closes

Friday, May 20

  • 7:30 - 9 a.m. Breakfast in the Peirce Hall servery
  • 8 a.m. Registration and information center opens in the bookstore
  • 9 a.m. Historical tour of south campus with College historian and Keeper of Kenyoniana Tom Stamp ‘73 starting from the north door of the Church of the Holy Spirit
  • 9 a.m. Baccalaureate rehearsal (student speakers and platform party only) on Samuel Mather Lawn (rain site: Toan Track, Lowry Center)
  • 9 - 11 a.m. BFEC says Farewell to 2022: Hang-out, hike or hammock + music at the Brown Family Environmental Center
  • 10:30 a.m. Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony in Rosse Hall
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch in the Peirce Hall servery
  • 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch for KEEP/STEM seniors the Alumni Dining Roomin Peirce Hall
  • 12:00 p.m. Please note that the Emergency Siren is tested at noon every Friday. Do not be alarmed!
  • 1:30 p.m. Baccalaureate service on Samuel Mather Lawn (rain site: Toan Track, Lowry Center) Watch the livestream.
    Followed immediately by Senior Sing and the class photo in Rosse Hall
  • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Reception for the Class of 2022, parents and guests hosted by President Sean Decatur on Cromwell Lawn
  • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. All-campus seminars given by Professor of Classics Adam Serfass (in Hayes Hall 109) and Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History Alexandra Courtois de Vicose (in the Gund Gallery Community Foundation Theater)

Post Impressionism and Innovative Methodologies in Art History

Descriptive "-isms" proliferated in the 1890s, symptomatic of the varied stylistic trajectories of modernist innovation. Within this rich field of study, in this talk, Alexandra Courtois will discuss a new methodological approach to uncover untold narratives about one of postimpressionism's canonical artists. 

A visiting member of the art history faculty since 2008, Alexandra Courtois has taught courses on 19th-century avant-garde art, women artists and disability studies. Her recent research on Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec has been published in Routledge's Disability and Art History: From Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century (eds. Ann Millett-Gallant and  Elizabeth Howie), and the Routledge Companion to Art and Disability (eds. Keri Watson and Timothy W. Hiles.)   

Rhetoric, Character, and Leadership in Ancient Athens

How does the way we speak shape who we are? How can a knowledge of ancient rhetoric benefit us today? In this presentation we will address these questions by exploring the intersection of rhetoric, character, and leadership in the world’s first democracy, that of ancient Athens. Politicians in that pioneering state were expert orators who carefully calibrated the styles of their speeches to the policies they were promoting and the personas they sought to project. An appreciation of their techniques helps us see how those in power — presidents, priests, professors — seek to sway us through speech in our contemporary world.

Adam Serfass, who arrived at Kenyon in 2002, teaches courses in Greek and Latin as well as rhetoric and ancient history. He has delivered papers, reviewed books and written essays on the history of ancient Rome, especially the diffusion of Christianity in late antiquity. His scholarship and teaching are intertwined. In 2019 his book “Views of Rome: A Greek Reader” received the Classical Association of the Middle West and South's Bolchazy Pedagogy Book Award.

  • 4:30 - 6 p.m. Departmental receptions in various locations
  • 5 - 6 p.m. Reception for Hillel and Jewish life on campus at the Rothenberg Hillel House; join us for a nosh, candle lighting and coming together as a community to welcome Shabbat 
  • 5 - 6:15 p.m. Reception for senior admissions fellows and their families in the Norton Room, Ransom Hall
  • 6 and 7:30 p.m. Local foods dinner with two seatings in Peirce Dining Hall, ticket specific
  • 8 - 11 p.m. Dance party with LoKey Entertainment in the Gund Commons Ballroom
  • 10 p.m. Registration and information center closes

Saturday, May 21

  • 7:30 - 9 a.m. Breakfast in the Peirce Hall servery
  • 8 a.m. Registration and information center opens at the Kenyon College Bookstore
  • 8:30 a.m. Breakfast for international student seniors, Hoehn-Saric House
  • 8:30 a.m. Commencement rehearsal (platform party only) on Samuel Mather Lawn
  • 10 a.m. All guests must check out of their residences; room keys must be turned in at the Registration and Information Center, Bookstore
  • 10 a.m. Commencement academic procession lines up (faculty and students) on Middle Path (rain site: Lowry Center)
  • 10:30 a.m. 194th Commencement ceremony (doors open at 9:30 a.m.) followed immediately by a picnic lunch on Samuel Mather Lawn (rain site: Toan Track, Lowry Center) Watch the livestream.
  • 7 p.m. Registration and information center closes
  • 7 p.m. College residences close; all students must be finished packing and out of the residence halls. Room keys must be turned in at the express check-out table in the registration and information center.

All events subject to change.

Please email commencement@kenyon.edu for information regarding late check-ins.