113th Commencement Celebrated

113th Commencement Celebrated

Dr. Mark L. Bailey, president of Dallas Theological Seminary, reminded the graduates at Cedarville University’s 113th commencement ceremony that they are being called into a conflicted culture. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

May 2, 2009

Cedarville, Ohio—Dr. Mark L. Bailey, president of Dallas Theological Seminary, reminded the nearly 650 graduates at Cedarville University’s 113th commencement ceremony that they are being called into a conflicted culture.

Bailey told the University’s graduating class, “expect to takes hits from your culture because of your convictions.” He challenged the class to “be mindful of God’s kindness” as they progress through life.

Bailey assumed the presidency of Dallas Theological Seminary after years of service as both a professor and the vice president for academic affairs. He is also a prolific author and teacher, at times serving as pastor of a local church.

The Class of 2009 donated six thousand dollars toward a scholarship they named “Light of the World". The class gift will be used to meet the financial needs of a rising senior student who has demonstrated significant ministry involvement.

Also during commencement, two graduates were honored with the University’s most prestigious student award. The President’s Trophy, the highest honor for a graduating senior, recognizes leadership, ministry, community and campus involvement, athletic performance, and academic achievement. The 2009 recipients were Sterling Abigayle Meyer, communication studies major from Pittsboro, Ind. and Mark Daniel Miller, Bible preseminary and philosophy major from Chesterland, Ohio.

The Faculty Scholarship Award was presented to five students for maintaining perfect 4.0 grade point averages throughout their college careers. The recipients were Courtney Lynn Edmonds, history major from Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Mark Daniel Miller, Bible preseminary and philosophy major from Chesterland, Ohio; Ryan Peter Samuelsen, mechanical engineering major from Glendale, Calif.; Ashleigh Maree Stewart, language arts education-integrated major from Johnstown, Ohio; and Caleb Timothy Svendsen, electronic media major from Cameron, Wis.