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Congratulations, PHC Class of 2021!

It seems like only yesterday that the class of 2021 joined the Patrick Henry College family. With them, they brought life, energy, determination, polish, and drive. Now, as it's time to close out this chapter of their journey, we want to invite you to join us in celebrating their accomplishments.


Commencement 2021

Commencement Address: Former Congressman Frank Wolf 

Frank WolfMr. Wolf was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the 10th District of Virginia in 1980. He announced he would leave the Congress at the end of his 17th term, allowing him, as a believer in Christ, to focus exclusively on human rights and religious freedom. Congressman Wolf was the author of legislation for the International Religious Freedom Act, which infused America’s first freedom – religious freedom – into U.S. foreign policy by creating the International Religious Freedom Office at the State Department.
He has been honored by a number of organizations for his work on human rights and religious persecution, including Christian Legal Society’s William Bentley Ball Life and Religious Liberty Defense Award; the Alliance Defending Freedom’s Originalism and Religious Freedom Award; and Prison Fellowship Ministries William Wilberforce Award.


Baccalaureate Guest Speaker: Dr. Steven Hake

Dr. Steve Hake

This is a special time of worship and dedication, including the personal commissioning of each graduate for service to Christ and His Kingdom.

Dr. Hake teaches literature courses, including Western Literature, Charles Dickens, and American Literature and Poetry. He was a college professor/missionary for many years in Taiwan, and more recently launched Rivendell Study Center. He is especially concerned to see PHC students grow in discipleship and personal evangelism. In addition to literature and reading, he enjoys language learning, sailing, and backpacking. Dr. Hake received his Ph.D. in English Literature from State University of New York at Binghamton, an M.Div. in Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary, an M.A. in English Language & Literature at Yale University, and his B.A. in East Asian Studies from Colby College.

Important Event Details

Both Baccalaureate and Commencement will take place in the Barbara Hodel Center. Although Graduation ceremonies would normally be open to the public, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the graduates are welcome to invite 6 guests. The program, however, will be streamed from PHC's webcasts page and later available on demand in this YouTube playlist. For invited guests, please take note of the following instructions:

We kindly ask that anyone who is sick or has a fever not attend. Live streaming will be provided for those who are not able to attend in person.

Service Times

Plan accordingly and please arrive early, as we will be following COVID mitigation measures upon your arrival. Be advised that 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 only.

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

The parking lot is behind the Barbara Hodel Center (BHC), with several handicap accessible parking spaces beside and directly behind the BHC.


Mitigation Protocol
  • Guests are asked to enter the building from the south entrance, closest to the parking lot.
  • Once inside, we will have temperature stations to check your temperature and you will be asked 3 quick COVID questions before entering the gymnasium:
    • Do you have flu-like symptoms, such as a fever (100.4° F or higher without having taken any fever-reducing medications) in combination with fatigue, cough, loss of appetite, body aches, or shortness of breath?
    • Have you been in close contact less than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes with anyone within the last 14 days who has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
    • Have you been asked to self isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official? If you have a temperature greater than 100.4° F or are feeling unwell, please refrain from attending 
  • Per CDC guidelines and Executive Orders for the Commonwealth of Virginia, all attendees will be required to wear a face covering while inside the BHC except when seated in the gymnasium.
  • Face coverings are not required outdoors when physical distancing can be maintained.
Important Registration Details
  • Only guests whose names are on the Baccalaureate and Commencement lists will be permitted to enter the gymnasium.
  • All registrations for Baccalaureate and Commencement need to be submitted before May 1, 2021.
  • Graduates may invite up to 6 guests and grant any unused registrations to another graduate in the form below.
  • Please indicate whether you will be attending one or both of the events and supply the names of each guest, so we have an accurate count for both events. 

If you have any additional questions, please contact Mary Haynes at 540-441-8031 or mshaynes@phc.edu. Thank you for your understanding during these unusual times. We look forward to celebrating this joyous occasion with you!