116th Commencement Celebrated at Cedarville University

by Public Relations

Rev. Franklin Graham, President and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association challenged more than 650 graduates at Cedarville University’s 116th commencement ceremony on May 5, 2012 to live their lives unashamed of the power of the Gospel.

“You have one life to live,” shared Graham. “Make it count for the King of kings and the Lord of lords.”

Cedarville President Dr. Bill Brown presented Graham with the University’s Medal of Honor. This was only the 13th time the medal has been awarded by the University. “Franklin’s life and ministry inspire us in the joy of serving Christ,” shared Brown.

Brown, also, conveyed to the class a message of expectation in reference to the biblical account of the prodigal son.

“We are created for more,” shared Brown. “Live your lives in light of the great homecoming that awaits Christ followers.”

The Class of 2012 donated twelve thousand dollars toward a scholarship fund. The class gift will be used to assist future students struggling with the expenses of achieving a college degree.

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 2012 recipients were Nathaniel Flack, a computer engineering major from Cedarville, Ohio; ; Brandon Hellwig, an international studies-missiology major from Lakewood, Colo.; and Samantha San Gregory, an accounting major from Jamestown, 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 Samantha Barclay, a biology major from Berlin Heights, Ohio: Samantha Cazzell, a psychology major from Centerville, Ohio; Michelle Mitchener, a chemistry major from Troy, Mich.; and David Riggleman, a computer science major from Indianapolis, Ind.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years of inspiring greatness, 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.