Cedarville University Celebrates 107th Commencement

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University held its 107th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10, with a record 667 students receiving degrees. In addition, a number of special awards were given: the President`s Trophy, the Faculty Scholarship Award, and a doctor of divinity degree. The President`s Trophy, the highest honor for a graduating senior, recognizes leadership, ministry, community and campus involvement, athletic performance, and academic achievement. The 2003 recipients of the President`s Trophy were Joel D. Estes, a preseminary Bible major from Worthington, Ohio, and Jyoti Philip, a chemistry major from Westwood, N.J. Christina R. Schut, an adolescent and young adult integrated life science education major from Hudsonville, Mich., received the Faculty Scholarship Award. This honor is given to graduates who maintain a perfect 4.0 grade point average throughout their college careers. Also honored at commencement was Alistair Begg, senior pastor of Parkside Church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Begg received a doctor of divinity degree from the University. Begg, who was born in Scotland, spent the first 30 years of his life in the United Kingdom. Following graduation from theological college in London, he served in two Scottish churches, first as an assistant pastor at Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh, and then as pastor of Hamilton Baptist Church, Glasgow. Begg has been at Parkside Church since September 1983. During this time he has been increasingly involved in an international ministry of teaching and evangelism. The daily speaker on the national radio program "Truth for Life," Begg is the author of the Moody Press titles, "Made for His Pleasure," "Lasting Love: How to Avoid Marital Failure," "What Angels Wish They Knew," and "The Hand of God." -30-