Record number of graduates to receive degrees at fall semester commencement
One hundred and thirty-six graduates, a record for Anderson University's fall semester commencement, will cross the stage to receive diplomas on December 14 during the 6 p.m. graduation ceremony.
AU has broken enrollment records for the past six years, and the university’s graduation numbers are reflecting that growth. AU passed the 2,900 mark in enrollment this year.
The Friday commencement exercises will feature the awarding of bachelor’s degrees to traditional undergraduate students as well as those from the evening ACCEL program. In addition, of the 136 total diplomas awarded, 48 graduate students in education, ministry, criminal justice, and business will receive master’s degrees.
Dr. Ryan Neal, the faculty chair at Anderson, will deliver the commencement address. Traditionally at Anderson, the faculty chair is invited to speak to graduates during winter commencement. Dr. Neal, the undergraduate department chair, is an associate professor of Christian studies and serves as co-director of the university’s honors program. At Anderson, he has been involved in the creation of the study abroad program as well as the Mobile Learning Initiative, AU’s groundbreaking program that has used the iPad as the platform for teaching and learning in and out of the classroom.
Anderson University will also award an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree to Clayton King, the founder and president of Crossroads Worldwide and Clayton King Ministries. He is the teaching pastor at NewSpring Church in South Carolina and created conferences and camps attended by thousands of college and high school students each year. He is the campus pastor at Liberty University and has authored six books. King has been a popular and frequent speaker on the Anderson campus for several years and is considered a major contributor to the spiritual vibrancy of the campus.