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Congratulations, Class of 2022! We can’t wait to celebrate you this spring. Registration for the weekend’s events will be coming soon.

The Commencement Ceremony will be held Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 1 p.m. We welcome you to campus on Saturday to participate in the traditional Ripon College Commencement Weekend activities. Be sure to explore the full schedule of events.

THEME:  This year’s Commencement theme is The Stories We Tell: Connecting to Our Community through Theatre.

Wisconsin has a rich history of theatre and supports a wide range of theatrical companies and venues. Ripon College has long enjoyed a dynamic and successful theatre program, and our campus is enriched by regular performances. Relevant to our mission as a liberal arts institution, the theatre provides a unique lens through which we can explore difficult issues and questions central to our identity as a community. The 2022 Commencement theme highlights our excellence in theatre and acknowledges that the stories we tell can promote an enhanced understanding of our connection to each other.


Brenda DeVita is the Artistic Director at American Players Theatre, one of the country’s most popular Shakespeare festival theaters located outside of Spring Green, WI. DeVita began her  journey with ATP in 1995 and has served as Company Manager, Casting Director, Associate Artistic Director. She studied theater at the University of Northern Iowa and the Professional  Theatre Training Program at the University of Delaware. She trained with Tadashi Suzuki in Japan and worked many years as a professional actress. She is also a director whose credits include: Shakespeare’s Will, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Year of Magical Thinking, Mary’s Wedding, Born Yesterday and A Doll’s House, Part 2 for APT and The Other Place for Forward Theater Company. Brenda also helped create 4PeteSake, a local Spring Green organization that raises funds for residents who face extraordinary financial hardship. Brenda and her husband, actor Jim DeVita, have two children, Gale and Sophia.  

Anne Lewinthal (formerly Negri) is a Drama Specialist in District 65 Evanston-Skokie public schools and a playwright for young audiences. Anne received her degrees from Ripon College  (BA in Theatre, French & Education) and Arizona State University (MFA in Theatre for Youth). Lewinthal has written over eight plays for young audiences. Her play, With Two Wings, published by Dramatic Publishing, received the 2014 American Alliance for Theatre and Education Distinguished Play Award, the 2010 Kennedy Center ACTF-Theatre for Young Audiences Award, was a finalist in the Bonderman Playwriting for Youth Symposium, and has been produced nationally and internationally (Japan & Taiwan). Other plays include: Maddi’s  Fridge, Girls Who Wear Glasses, Cave Boys, The JunGirl Book, Robyn Hood, Not a Test, Oz: The Land That Time Forgot, The Transfer Student, The Dancing Dog! Two of her 10-minute plays are published by YouthPLAYS The Case of the Missing Rooster and A Portal to Fairytale Kingdom. In 2020, Lewinthal received the Illinois Theatre Association’s Award of Excellence in Creative Drama.

TRANSPORTATION: For families and guests visiting Ripon, the College is three hours north of Chicago, and served by airports in Milwaukee (a two-hour drive from Ripon), Madison (a 1.5 hour drive), and Appleton (a 45 minute drive). Milwaukee offers the most frequent service. From the Milwaukee, Chicago and Appleton airports guests may choose to rent a car. Ripon is served by taxi to and from the Appleton airport.

LODGING: Commencement Weekend attracts many out of town guests to campus, so you are encouraged to make your lodging reservations early. There are several lodging options available in and around the City of Ripon. Please visit ripon.edu/lodging for more information.

Any questions you may have can be directed to the Office of Constituent Engagement at [email protected] or 920.748.8126, or visit the FAQ page.