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Hendrix College Commencement Set for Class of 2022

CONWAY, Ark. (April 25, 2022) — The 138th Hendrix College Commencement will be held Saturday, May 14, at 9 a.m., at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium.

In the event of inclement weather, there will be two ceremonies on Saturday, May 14, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., inside the Wellness and Athletics Center. The ceremony for Master of Arts in Accounting, Interdisciplinary, and Social Sciences majors will begin at 9 a.m. The ceremony for Humanities and Natural Sciences majors will begin at 1 p.m. The College will share the final decision on whether to use the Inclement Weather Plan by 2 p.m. Friday, May 13, on Hendrix College social media and

Regardless of weather, Commencement will be livestreamed at Details for in-person attendees are available at

Hendrix will award posthumously the honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree to alumnus and Civil Rights activist Jack Singleton ’63, who died in 2019. The degree was originally scheduled to be presented in spring 2020 but was postponed due to COVID-19.

JackSingleton_6600_web.jpgAbout Jack Singleton

Jack Singleton graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1957. His sadness over the division and anger of the community surrounding integrating the school inspired his life-long passion for justice. He graduated from Hendrix College and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at SMU.

Singleton was known for his involvement in justice ministries. While attending Perkins School of Theology at SMU, he became involved in the civil rights movement, marching in Selma with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and hosting King on a visit to the SMU campus. Later in his life, he would be instrumental in starting Arkansas’ first Habitat for Humanity affiliate, and would also serve on the Board of Our House Shelter.

He worked for eight years as a staff member of Keep America Beautiful, focusing on environmental issues and receiving two awards for his work: the KAB Innovation Award for the Litter Free Zone Program for schools, and the 2009 Arkansas Outstanding Environmental Educator. Singleton visited the Monarch butterfly overwintering colonies in Mexico and helped many central Arkansas schools create butterfly habitats on their campuses.

His most recent involvement as a Hendrix College alumnus was participating in the annual Dean’s Civil Rights Trip, a student experience funded by the Hendrix Odyssey Program. The group, led by Dean of Students Jim Wiltgen and Chaplain J.J. Whitney ’96, made stops in Birmingham, Montgomery, Marion, and Selma, Ala., Jackson, Miss., and Memphis, Tenn., to visit museums, memorials, and historic sites. Having Singleton, a foot soldier of the civil rights movement, recount his participation in the Selma Ministers’ March, gave students a valuable first-hand account of the events of March 9, 1965. Jack Singleton died July 27, 2019.

Through his service to the College and to humanity, and his efforts in working for justice, Jack Singleton inspired fellow members of the Hendrix community, modeling what it means to live a life of accomplishment, integrity, service, and joy.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit