White House Rep Emphasizes Christian Duty at Cedarville Commencement

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

Cedarville, Ohio-Tim Goeglein, special assistant to the President of the United States and deputy director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, emphasized “The Duty of the Christian Citizen” at Cedarville University's 110th commencement ceremony on May 6.

Goeglein's message to the 656 graduates emphasized that duty to God and man involves engaging the secular culture, making a distinct, positive difference, and bringing moral values into the public square. He concluded, “What is the purpose of your life as you commence from Cedarville University? To do your duty, to know God, and to love Him forever.”

Later in the ceremony, five graduates were honored with the University's most prestigious student awards. The President's Trophy, the highest honor for a graduating senior, recognizes leadership, ministry, community and campus involvement, athletic performance, and academic achievement. The 2006 recipients were Jillian Anderson, a communication arts and theatre major from Hudson, Iowa; and Matthew Shiraki, an integrated social studies education major from Cheltenham, Pa.

The second honor, the Faculty Scholarship Award, went to three students for maintaining perfect 4.0 grade point averages throughout their college careers. The recipients were Jillian Anderson; Gregory Lynch, a philosophy major from La Rue, Ohio; and Joanna Hinks, a mechanical engineering major from Waukesha, Wis.

Of the 656 students that graduated, more than 104 are Miami Valley residents.

DVD copies of Cedarville University's 110th commencement ceremony as well as Nursing Convocation and Parents' Night are now available.