2012 USA/Canada Commencement Report
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Global Ministry Center
NCN News compiled the following list of spring commencement reports from each of the Nazarene institutions of higher education on the USA/Canada Region:

Ambrose University College 
President: Riley Coulter, Acting President and Chancellor
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Web: www.ambrose.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: April 28
Commencement Speaker: Franklin Pyles, President of The Christian Missionary Alliance
Number of Graduates: 129
Fast Facts: This was Ambrose's 71st Baccalaureate Convocation and the 41st Seminary Convocation... Eighty-four students graduated from the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, 18 from the Faculty of Theology (undergraduate), and 27 from the Faculty of Theology (seminary)... The first graduates of the education program received their degrees at this ceremony... Gordon T. Smith was appointed the school's next president. Smith’s term will begin August 1... The convocation events were held in Ambrose Gymnasium and broadcast live over the Internet... Full story.


Eastern Nazarene College 
President: Corlis McGee
Location: Quincy, Massachusetts
Web: www.enc.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: May 5
Commencement Speaker: Jossie E. Owens, ENC alumna and the first woman elected district superintendent on the Church of the Nazarene's USA/Canada Region
Number of Graduates: 167
Fast Facts: This was ENC's 90th Spring Commencement... The senior class presented ENC President Corlis McGee with a gift of $10,000 to begin a fully-endowed scholarship... Photos... Full story.


MidAmerica Nazarene University 
President: David Spittal
Location: Olathe, Kansas
Web: www.mnu.edu
Dates of Graduation Exercises: May 5-6
Commencement Speakers: Carla Sunberg, MNU Alumna and Co-superintendent of the East Ohio District of the Church of the Nazarene (undergraduate student ceremony) and David Spittal, MNU President (graduate and adult student ceremony)
Number of Graduates: 680
Fast Facts: MNU's 41st Commencement was held at Olathe College Church of the Nazarene... Of the 680 degrees awarded, 194 were master’s, 448 were bachelor’s, 19 were associates, and 19 were postgraduate certificates... Daniel D. Rexroth, president and CEO of John Knox Village, was recognized with the Distinguished Community Service Award. Rexroth volunteered his expertise to the MNU Board of Trustees in facilitating the seven-month search process for MNU’s new president in 2011-2012... Virginia R. Schafer, professor of nursing, was recognized as faculty emerita... Photos... Full story.


Mount Vernon Nazarene University 
President: Daniel J. Martin
Location: Mount Vernon, Ohio
Web: www.mvnu.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: May 19
Commencement Speaker: Bishop Timothy J. Clarke, Senior Pastor, First Church of God, Columbus, Ohio.
Number of Graduates: 241
Fast Facts: This is MVNU's 43nd Spring Commencement... Services are in the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium... This is Martin's final commencement as president. He recently resigned to become president of Seattle Pacific University. MVNU Provost & Chief Academic Officer Henry Spaulding was appointed interim president... Commencement details.


Nazarene Bible College 
President: Harold B. Graves Jr.
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Web: www.nbc.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: May 26-27
Commencement Speaker: Stan A. Toler, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
Number of Graduates: 126
Fast Facts: This is the 43rd Spring Commencement at NBC... Convocation is held on Saturday in the Apostles Court... Commencement is held on Sunday at Colorado Springs First Church of the Nazarene... This is the largest graduating class at NBC in 30 years... Bachelor of Arts in Ministry degrees were awarded to 103 individuals, with 40 of those individuals majoring in pastoral ministries, the largest single designation of majors among the graduates.


Nazarene Theological Seminary 
President: David A. Busic
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Web: www.nts.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: May 13
Commencement Speaker: Jesse C. Middendorf, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
Number of Graduates: 45
Fast Facts: This was the 66th Spring Commencement for NTS... Commencement activities were held at Kansas City First Church of the Nazarene... This was Busic's first commencement as president... The 45 graduates of the Class of 2012 received degrees as follows: 6 Doctor of Ministry; 28 Master of Divinity; 11 Master of Arts... This class represented 9 countries: Bulgaria, Cameroon, England, Kenya, Malawi, Samoa, South Africa, Thailand, and the U.S.... Stephanie Lobdell preached the Corlett Senior Sermon at Kansas City First Church... Full story.


Northwest Nazarene University 
President: David Alexander
Location: Nampa, Idaho
Web: www.nnu.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: May 5
Commencement Speaker: Steven G. W. Moore, Executive Director of the M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trust
Honorary Doctorate Degree: Stephen Marcus Walden
Number of Graduates: 533
Fast Facts: Degrees were conferred on 533 students, of which 240 were graduate students and 293 were undergraduates... Among the master's degree recipients were two Mesoamerica leaders... The ceremony was held at Nampa's Idaho Center... The NNU School of Nursing held its 10th annual pinning ceremony on May 4... Longtime university Board of Trustee member Stephen Marcus Walden received an honorary degree during the commencement ceremony... Larry M. McMillan, professor of education, was honored with the title professor emeritus after 25 years of service to the university... NNU’s graduates represented 34 states from as far away as New Jersey and 19 foreign countries, including China, Switzerland, Germany, and Ethiopia... The university honored 19 "Golden Grads" who received their NNU degrees 50 years ago... Photos... Full story.


Olivet Nazarene University 
President: John C. Bowling
Location: Bourbonnais, Illinois
Web: www.olivet.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: May 4-5
Commencement Speakers: Teresa K. Woodruff, Olivet Alumna and Director of the Institute for Women’s Health Research and Chief of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology–Fertility Preservation, Northwestern University (undergraduate student ceremony), and John C. Bowling, Olivet President (graduate and adult student ceremony)
Honorary Doctorate Degrees: Charles H. and Carla D. Sunberg
Number of Graduates: 1,368
Fast Facts: This was ONU's 99th annual commencement... The Baccalaureate Service was held in Centennial Chapel on May 4, with Olivet President John C. Bowling addressing the graduates... At the undergraduate ceremony on May 5, honorary doctor of divinity degrees were presented to Charles H. and Carla D. Sunberg, as well as awards for outstanding male and female graduate and for scholarly and teaching excellence... The university presented its 30,000th diploma and its 20,000th bachelor's degree... There were 453 undergraduate degrees, 127 continuing education degrees, 742 master's degrees, 16 doctoral degrees, and one posthumous doctorate in education conferred... Full story.


Point Loma Nazarene University 
President: Bob Brower
Location: San Diego, California
Web: www.pointloma.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: May 5
Commencement Speaker: Kerry D. Fulcher, Point Loma Provost (keynote), and Robert Smith, Point Loma Professor of Scripture and Preaching (convocation)
Number of Graduates: 844
Fast Facts: All three ceremonies (two undergraduate, one graduate) were held in the historic Greek Amphitheater on PLNU's campus... PLNU had 552 undergraduate students and 292 graduate students... Of the 552 undergraduates, 163 graduated with honors... Photos.


Southern Nazarene University 
President: Loren Gresham
Location: Bethany, Oklahoma
Web: www.snu.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: May 12
Commencement Speaker: Bobby Gruenwald, SNU Alumnus and Co-founder of the YouVersion Bible app
Number of Graduates: 464 (approximate)
Fast Facts: This was SNU's 109th Spring Commencement... Ceremonies were held in the Sawyer Center... The morning commencement was followed by the Tradition of the Ivy Ring with graduating seniors and their families... Full story.


Trevecca Nazarene University 
President: Dan Boone
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Web: www.trevecca.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: May 5
Commencement Speaker: Jim Hiatt, Dean of Trevecca's School of Business and Technology
Honorary Doctorate Degree: Greg Mason
Number of Graduates: 840
Fast Facts: Trevecca's 111th Commencement was held outdoors in McClurkan Quad... An honorary doctorate was presented to Greg Mason, superintendent of the Louisiana and Mississippi districts... Degrees were conferred upon the first graduates of Trevecca's first completely online Master's of Organizational Leadership Program... Dan Boone announced plans to name the School of Business and Technology in honor of faculty member Gerald Skinner during homecoming in November 2012... Photos... Commencement page.
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