Commencement Ceremony

May 06, 2012 | 3:00 PM |
Holland Municipal Stadium 222 Fairbanks Avenue, Holland, MI

Hope College will hold its graduation activities on Sunday, May 6, with nearly 690 members of the graduating Class of 2012 participating.

The college’s 147th Commencement will be held at 3 p.m. at Holland Municipal Stadium.  

The Commencement speaker is Dr. Heather Sellers, professor of English at Hope. Sellers has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1995, and teaches poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction.  A nationally acclaimed author, she is also highly regarded as a mentor by her students.  In 2011, the graduating class presented her with the “Hope Outstanding Professor Educator” (H.O.P.E.) Award.

Her award-winning memoir, “You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness, and Forgiveness,” has been featured by “O, the Oprah Magazine,” where it was a book of the month pick; “Good Morning America”; the “Rachael Ray Show”; NPR; “The New York Times”; Dick Gordon’s “The Story”; “Good Housekeeping”; “Elle”; and many others.  Its honors also include being named a 2011 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan and a 2011 “Adult Literature Award” from the Chicago, Ill.-based Friends of American Writers.

Awarded an NEA Fellowship for fiction, she published a short story collection, “Georgia Under Water,” which was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. She has also published a children’s book, “Spike and Cubby’s Ice Cream Island Adventure,” three volumes of poetry, and three books on the craft of writing. Her poems, short fiction, memoir and creative nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals, anthologies and magazines.  She’s currently at work on a novel for young readers, essays, and a new memoir.

Sellers was born and raised in Orlando, Fla., and her doctorate in English/creative writing is from Florida State University, from which she also holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees.  She has also taught at the University of Texas—San Antonio and St. Lawrence University.

In the event of rain, Commencement will be held at the Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse.  Admission to  Commencement if indoors, is by ticket only