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Class of 2013 Preparing for Life Beyond PHC

April 30th, 2013

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
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To watch our live webcast of PHC's Commencement 2013 ceremony, tune in here at 11:00 a.m EST on Saturday, May 11.

The class of 2013 is wrapping up their time at Patrick Henry College and preparing to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas on Saturday, May 11, at 11:00 a.m. Seventy students are ready to embark on a new chapter of their lives, some already having secured jobs in Washington, D.C., others planning on working for non-profit organizations, while others are leaving America to travel the world.

“The Class of 2013 includes some of the most creative people I’ve ever known,” said President Graham Walker. “I’m going to miss them badly. One of the most challenging parts of this job is that you grow attached to people, but then you have to say goodbye to them.”

Seniors Chelsea Kolz (Literature) and Tyler Stockton (Government) will be delivering the student remarks and a charge to the graduates.

The senior class picked out a verse that characterized their time at school. It is printed in the commencement program. “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

Walker hopes the graduates focus on being faithful in the little things.

“I’m more eager for them to act lovingly and sacrificially in all the small things of life than to have great career success, although I do want that for them as well,” Walker said.

Cal Thomas during a Newsmakers Interview with
Marvin Olasky earlier this year.

Cal Thomas, America’s number one nationally syndicated political columnist, is the class of 2013’s commencement speaker.

With a twice-weekly column appearing in more than 500 newspapers nationwide, Thomas is one of the most highly regarded conservative voices on the American political scene today. He is a panelist on the popular “Fox News Watch” show, which airs Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. ET. His latest book, co-written with Bob Beckel and published by William Morrow, is entitled Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America. He and Beckel also write a twice-monthly column for USA Today.

A graduate of American University, Thomas is a 35-year veteran of broadcast and print journalism. He has worked for NBC, CNBC, PBS television, and the Fox News Network, where he currently provides weekly political commentary. He has appeared on “NBC Nightly News,” “Nightline,” the “Today” show, “Good Morning America,” CNN’s “Crossfire,” “Larry King Live” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” In 1995, Thomas was honored with a Cable Ace Award nomination for Best Interview Program. Other awards include a George Foster Peabody team reporting award, and awards from both the Associated Press and United Press International.

A writer of force and clarity, Thomas has authored 11 books, including Blinded by Might: Why the Religious Right Can’t Save America; The Things That Matter Most; The Wit and Wisdom of Cal Thomas; Book Burning; Occupied Territory; The Death of Ethics in America; A Freedom Dream and Uncommon Sense.

In addition to his journalistic and literary achievements, Thomas lectures frequently on college campuses and is in great demand as a speaker for nonprofit and corporate audiences.

To watch our live webcast of the commencement ceremony, tune in here at 11:00 a.m EST on Saturday, May 11.