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2023 Commencement 

Patrick Henry College is pleased to announce that renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson will deliver the Commencement Address for the PHC Class of 2023!

Dr. Carson's Journey
For nearly 30 years, Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., served as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, a position he assumed when he was just 33 years old, becoming the youngest major division director in the hospital's history.

Dr. Carson received dozens of honors and awards in recognition of his achievements including the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in 2008, the nation's highest civilian honor. He is also a recipient of the Spingarn Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and has been awarded over 70 honorary doctorate degrees. He is the author of numerous best-selling books, ran for President of the United States in 2016, and served as the 17th U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. The U.S. News Media Group and Harvard's Center for Public Leadership named him among "America's Best Leaders" in 2008.

Dr. Carson is very familiar with Patrick Henry College, having participated in the Newsmakers interview series with Dr. Marvin Olasky a decade ago; an interview that has since garnered nearly 98,000 views online. He has said that PHC “…is a great place with great students and tremendous values.” We are honored to welcome him back to campus. 

"Our goal at Patrick Henry College is to equip young leaders who will lead for the glory of God and the good of those who follow," says President Haye. "Dr. Carson embodies those principles as he continues to serve with both conviction and humility."

Dr. Carson Today
Dr. Carson is the Founder and Chairman of the American Cornerstone Institute, whose mission is to pursue common sense solutions that challenge conventional groupthink by promoting four founding principles of our country: faith, liberty, community, and respect for life. He is married to Candy Carson. Together they have 3 children and are proud grandparents as well.




Baccalaureate Speaker: Dr. Doug Favelo
Chairman of the Department of Classical Liberal Arts; Professor of History

Baccalaureate is a special time of worship and dedication, including the personal commissioning of each graduate for service to Christ and His Kingdom. Our speaker will be Dr. Favelo.

Dr. Favelo teaches courses in the history of western civilization, Roman history, Greek history, and historical research methods at Patrick Henry College. Prior to coming to Patrick Henry College, he served for ten years as a lecturer at California State University Fresno, teaching history, literature, and Latin.

Dr. Favelo is heavily involved in the classical education and homeschool communities. He has taught hundreds of students Latin, Greek, history, and literature, and has spoken at homeschooling conferences on the topic of classical Christian education. In summer 2010 he helped lead a UCLA study-abroad program in Rome, and he continues to take PHC students to Rome and Greece during spring break. Dr. Favelo’s research interests include Italian resistance to the expansion of Rome, and the lives of the Christian desert monks of late Roman Egypt.

Dr. Favelo's passion is to facilitate students in their intellectual and spiritual development, primarily through the medium of a rigorous, Biblically-centered classical education, to the greater glory of God. He, his wife, and his five children live on a mountain farm in Loudoun County, VA, where they raise pigs, cows, and chickens.


Important Event Details

Both Baccalaureate and Commencement will take place in the Barbara Hodel Center and will be streamed from PHC's webcasts page. Due to space considerations, the Commencement event is open to ticketed guests only on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. from the Barbara Hodel Center. For tickets or additional questions, please contact Mary Haynes at 540-441-8031 or mshaynes@phc.edu.

For invited guests, we kindly ask that anyone who is sick or has a fever not attend. Live streaming is available for those who are not able to attend in person.

View the Livestream


Service Times

Ticketed guests, please plan accordingly and please arrive early as the gymnasium doors will close 10 minutes prior to the start of each service:

Baccalaureate: Seating will take place between 6:15 PM and 6:50 PM. No ticket required.

Commencement: Seating will take place between 10:15 AM and 10:50 AM. Ticket required. 

Guests are asked to enter the building from the south entrance, closest to the parking lot. The parking lot is behind the Barbara Hodel Center (BHC), with several handicap accessible parking spaces beside and directly behind the BHC.


We look forward to celebrating this joyous occasion with you!