Graduation will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the PLEX Fieldhouse May 16, 2015. Events for graduating seniors will span the entire day, beginning with a president’s breakfast and reception at 8:00 a.m. in the Habecker Dining Commons.
Also in the Habecker Dining Commons, brunch for the seniors and their families will be served from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with seniors eating for free. Prices for others attending brunch will be as follows – adults $8, children ages 5-12 $6.50 and children under five will be free.
A senior class picture will be taken in the Platt Arena at the PLEX at 1:30 p.m., with the Processional line up following directly after.
Ray Hilbert, CEO of Truth@Work, will be the Keynote speaker for the event. Hilbert is also the co-founder of Truth@Work, a non-profit organization that educates business owners and leaders in creating organizations based on proven Biblical principles and integrating faith into every day routines.
After hearing Hilbert speak while attending the Truth@Work conference, President Sherilyn Emberton, Ed.D., asked him to share the commencement speech.
“We just thought he would have a lot to impact on our graduating seniors, someone who could talk to them about how they see the Lord putting their plan together, and what their future might be, and how important it is to continue to develop,” Emberton said.
Kelsey Snyder, senior class president, will also be sharing a speech with her fellow seniors during the event.
“I feel our senior class has stepped up as leaders on this campus and has truly left a mark on the university and fellow classmates,” Snyder said. “There are so many amazing leaders in this senior class, and there is so much potential for all of them. I believe that we have all worked very hard to get to this point, and we all deserve it.”
Emberton also shared her pride in this year’s senior class.
“Although we’re very sad, and it’s very hard for me that they’re leaving, I love them, and I want the best for them,” Emberton said. “I think they’re big shoes to follow.”
Cathy Trout, administrative assistant to the vice president and dean, said there are approximately 284 graduates – undergraduate and graduate – 258 of whom will be “walking” on graduation day.
Graduation weekend will also include a 50th year reunion for the graduating class of 1965, as well as performances of entries into the alumni call-out to remake the university Alma Mater.