115th Commencement

by Public Relations

Rear Admiral Dr. Barry C. Black (Ret.), 62nd Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, challenged the 608 graduates at Cedarville University’s 115th commencement ceremony on May 7, 2011 to be open about their faith through the hope found in a risen savior.

“There will come days when your dreams may dry up,” shared Black.  “I challenge you to stay strong and continue to believe.”

Cedarville President Dr. Bill Brown conveyed to the class a message on rising above the norm.

“When everyone around you is looking for an easy path,” shared Brown, “your commitment to excellence and quality should stand above the rest.”

The Class of 2011 donated $10,000 toward an endowed scholarship. The class gift will be used to provide scholarship funds to students with financial need.

Also, during commencement, three 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 2011 recipients were Emily Shanahan, a communication studies major from West Carrollton, Ohio; Emily Chiu, early childhood education major, from Vestal, N.Y.; and Andrew Barfell, biology major, from North Royalton, Ohio.

The Faculty Scholarship Award was presented to four students for maintaining perfect 4.0 grade point averages throughout their college careers. The recipients were Joy Kellogg, marketing major, from Arlington, Ohio; Lauren Townsend, early childhood education major, from Wausau, Wis.; Cameron Walters-Carlson, psychology major, from Lakeland, Fla.; and Jessica Wynalda, an accounting major, from Comstock Park, Mich.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,200 undergraduate, graduate, and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.