by Public Relations Office
Cedarville, OhioCedarville University conferred 614 degrees today at its 109th commencement ceremony. Dr. Bill Brown, president of the University, delivered the commencement address. Brown likened this moment in the graduates` lives to a baton exchange in a race. "No matter how talented and prepared you are, if don`t make the exchange, you`re disqualified," he illustrated. He called the graduates to successfully pass on the baton to the next generation and "run with perseverance," quoting from Hebrews 12:1-2. Brown also told the graduates, "In a world growing darker and darker, let me encourage you to let your light shine. ... God wants you to be a servant-leader and draw people to you because you have a fire inside." In addition, a number of special awards were given: the President`s Trophy, the Faculty Scholarship Award, and an honorary doctorate. The President`s Trophy, the highest honor for a graduating senior, recognizes leadership, ministry, community and campus involvement, athletic performance, and academic achievement. The 2005 recipients of the President`s Trophy were Ian Ellis, a political science major from Martinsburg, W.Va., and Joelle Marquardt, a global economics and international business major from Weston, Wis. Two students received Faculty Scholarship Awards for maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average throughout their college careers: Lauren Shackelford, a keyboard pedagogy major from Bolling Air Force Base, and Elizabeth Stahl, a psychology major from New Castle, Va. The honorary doctorate was presented to Major General Loren Reno in recognition of his service and leadership to our nation through the Air Force. He received a standing ovation following his remarks about his appreciation for those who have influenced his life and his passion for serving his country and his God. Reno, a 1970 graduate of the University, is director of logistics at Headquarters Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. He is responsible for 860 active aircraft, 8,200 vehicles and 24,000 people. The highly decorated Reno also assists in the readiness of more than 616 aircraft and 80,339 people in the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard. High quality copies of the Commencement activities are available on DVD through CDR Media Ministry.