2023 Baccalaureate & Commencement Date Change

Dear CRCDS Community,
After careful consideration and review of multiple large events in the greater Rochester, New York region the weekend of May 19 – 21, 2023, CRCDS has made a change to the academic calendar and moved the commencement activities for the Class of 2023 to the following dates:
  • Baccalaureate service will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at 6:00 pm.
  • Commencement ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at 12:00 pm.
I am pleased to announce the 2023 Commencement Speaker, Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey. Dr. Harvey is the Associate Provost of Campus Equity and Inclusion at Drake University.
The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey is an award-winning author, educator and public speaker. Her work focuses on ethics and race, gender, sexuality, activism, spirituality and politics—with particular attention to how religion shows up in these dimensions of our shared social life. Her greatest passion and longtime work, however, persistently and pointedly return to racial justice and white anti-racism.
Dr. Harvey publishes in numerous academic and public outlets. Her essay Are We Raising Racists? spent nearly a week on the New York Times “ten most read pieces” list. She has written for CNN, Huffington PostSojourners on-line, The Conversation and countless other venues.
The Baccalaureate service and Commencement ceremony will be held in Rochester, New York. A location will be announced in the near future.
As it is our commitment, reflected in our mission, to care for all peoples and the earth, we remain vigilant in our mandate to keep you, and your family, and the CRCDS community safe.  As such, all CRCDS sponsored events are subject to change due to campus policies based on COVID-19. Please make sure to check your email for any updates. We do ask that all members of our community follow the current CRCDS COVID-19 policies found on our website:
Additional information about the commencement ceremony and corresponding activities will be available on the CRCDS website:
Should you have any additional questions, please email
I look forward to celebrating with the Class of 2023, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni/ae and friends on May 23rd and 24th.
Yours in peace, service, and justice,
Rev. Angela D. Sims, Ph.D.

Download a full copy of the letter HERE. 



Posted by David Riddell at 09:20