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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: May 14, 2013

This Saturday, May 18, 2013, marks Calvin's 93rd Commencement (2 p.m.). If you aren't able to attend, you may watch the LIVE broadcast. Check the Commencement pages to find all the complete, last-minute information about the schedule, gifts and flowers, special ceremonies and receptions.

If you have any questions about Commencement, call the Commencement Hotline (800-560-6391, 616-526-8615) or e-mail


Andrew Vanden Heuvel ’04 is the first non-Google employee to get his hands on the company’s new prototype for a wearable computer, Google Glass.

Calvin set an MIAA record by capturing its 12th league championship during the 2012-13 academic year, and won the MIAA Commissioner's Cup by 2 points over Hope College. Read more sports stories below.

2013 Media Showcase: The roster is long and the subjects—a local dairy, a bike accident, the Galapagos—are varied at the bi-annual media production event.

Peggy Goetz is studying how people with communications disorders re-integrate into their churches.

Commencement: parking, accessibility, seating

Before you arrive for graduation, please view the parking information and leave plenty of time to get to the Van Andel Arena (in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex) by 2 p.m. If you are bringing guests with mobility, hearing or other accessibility needs, please check the accessibility instructions. Only those who have requested accessible seating in advance will have reserved seats; graduates who requested these seats have received specific instructions. Also see the graduate seating chart to locate your graduate's approximate seat on the seating chart for the arena.

Commencement: online, reception

In addition to Commencement being broadcast online, the Worship Service (Friday, 5 p.m.) and Teacher Commissioning (Friday, 7:30 p.m.) will also be broadcast. Check the Commencement homepage for the broadcast list and link.

Use this diagram for the Post-commencement Reception on the lawn to help find your graduate's favorite professors. This is a good way for families and graduates to meet after the ceremony, too.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Also at Commencement, this year's Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented to Dr. James VanderKam '68 BD'71, Ms. Kathy Bosscher '68, and Rev. Mike '76 MDiv'84 and Mrs. Ardy Engbers '76 Meekhof. Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award have made significant contributions to their fields of endeavor, are recognized by their associates for outstanding achievements, and manifest a Christian commitment that reflects honor upon Calvin College. Read more about them and their work.

$5 Giving for Parents

"As a Calvin student, I know that my education is facilitated by more than tuition bills. It is made possible through the gifts of alumni, community members and parents like you." ~Grace Ruiter, Sophomore
If you haven't joined other parents by giving to Calvin yet this year, you're invited to give just $5 ( to ensure that the Calvin experience remains within reach for all of our students! With just $5 each, 7 parents could raise enough to support one student's service-learning experience at Streetfest. Or, with $5 each, 20 parents could raise enough to support a residence hall's programs for a month. $5 could go a long way for your student. Will you join other supporters by giving $5 this year? -Calvin Annual Fund


The first C Club Awards Knight recently recognized student athletes for their outstanding efforts. For biographical sketches of all recipients, see the C Club Awards Nominees & Bios (.pdf). For a photo gallery of the evening, see the Calvin Game Day Photo Gallery on Facebook.

Many year-end awards are coming in for spring athletes, including another major award for Carissa Verkaik. Get caught up on all sports headlines now.

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