We are excited to honor and celebrate our Class of 2022 Kolbe graduates! We are thrilled to return to an in-person commencement ceremony which will be held at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church in Peachtree Corners, GA. Unable to attend in-person? We will host a virtual graduation as always and we look forward to celebrating with you both virtually and in-person on Thursday, May 26th!
Dr. Ryan Messmore, President, Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts
Dr. Ryan Messmore serves as the fifth President of Magdalen College. He received his bachelor’s degree in public policy and religion from Duke University, master’s degrees in theology and Christian ethics from Duke Divinity School and Cambridge University, and his doctorate in political theology from Oxford University.
He is also the author of In Love: The Larger Story of Sex and Marriage, which was published in 2017. His commentary and analysis have appeared in venues such as The Washington Times, First Things, Touchstone Magazine, and The Australian. In 2012 he delivered the prestigious Acton Lecture in Sydney on Religious Freedom.
Messmore has served as President of Campion College (a Catholic liberal arts college in Sydney, Australia), Founding Executive Director of The Millis Institute at Christian Heritage College in Brisbane, and William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. Most recently, he oversaw the academic program at St. David’s School in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Ellen Finnigan, Kolbe Online Instructor
Ellen Finnigan holds a B.A. in English from Boston College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. She has been teaching for Kolbe since the inaugural year of the online school (2013) and has taught Ancient Greek and Roman Literature; 9th, 10th, and 11th grade Composition; and Creative Writing. She lives in Estes Park, Colorado, and when she is not hanging out with her adorable nieces and nephews, enjoys hiking, writing, and podcasting.