Commencement 2018

Please join us in celebrating

Founders Classical Academy of Leander's

Class of 2018

at the

Second Annual Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 25, 2018, 4:00pm

Southwestern University

Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center

Alma Thomas Theater

1001 E University Avenue

Georgetown, Texas 78626

Light refreshments to follow in the lobby.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. David Whalen

Provost, Hillsdale College

Dr. Whalen obtained his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas. Prior to joining the Hillsdale faculty in 1994, he taught at the University of Kansas and Belmont Abbey College. Dr. Whalen has received a Salvatori Fellowship from the Heritage Foundation and a Weaver Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He was also awarded the Daugherty Award for Teaching Excellence from Hillsdale College.

Dr. Whalen is the author of The Consolation of Rhetoric, a study of John Henry Newman’s epistemological thought. He has also published articles and essays on Renaissance poetry, non-fiction prose, and the history and philosophy of liberal arts education. Dr. Whalen’s reviews have appeared in The Intercollegiate Review, The University Bookman, Modern Age, and the Sewanee Review. A frequent lecturer, Dr. Whalen addresses topics such as liberal arts education; the Western imagination; and the writings of Shakespeare, John Henry Newman, T.S. Eliot, and Walker Percy.

Tickets and Directions


Please contact the front office at (512) 259-0103 or for tickets. Tickets will be available beginning on May 1.

Directions to the Ceremony

Take IH35 exit 261 and turn right immediately onto University Ave. Continue on University Ave for 1.6 miles and turn left into the parking lot on E. Rutersville Road. (This will be the second left after you cross over the intersection of Maple St. and University.) You can take either entrance to the Sarofim School of Fine Arts as the Box Office is in the middle of the building.

Please, for the safety of yourself and others, utilize parking lots on the Southwestern University campus when visiting the Sarofim School of Fine Arts. You can find parking at the Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center, behind the Lois Perkins Chapel, and in other areas across campus. Click here for a campus map where the parking indicated by a gold star can be used for fine arts events.

Our Students' Achievements

Remembering Commencement 2017

Keynote Speaker Pat Sajak tells the Class of 2017 "You Are Not Generation Z."

The faculty of Founders Classical Academy of Leander.

Valedictorian Natasha De Virgilio delivers her address.

Dylan C., Kindergarten, leads the Pledge of Allegiance.

Salutatorian Basil Inman delivers an address.

The Class of 2017, our first graduating class.