Graduates Celebrate 117th Commencement

by Public Relations

Dr. William E. Brown addressed nearly 650 graduates at Cedarville University’s 117th commencement ceremony on May 4, 2013, marking his last commencement as Cedarville University president.

Concluding his chapel theme of “Living the Christ-Centered Life,” Brown charged the graduates to continue the legacy of Christ by sharing and living the gospel. Graduates were also presented with a keepsake bookmark commemorating Brown’s key phrases.

The Class of 2013 donated $8,000 toward a scholarship fund. The class gift will be used to assist future students from urban settings struggling with the expenses of achieving a college degree.

Also during commencement, two 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 2013 recipients were Justin Nichols, a molecular and cellular biology major from Harleysville, Pa., and Amber Strickland, a comprehensive communications major from Centreville, Va.

The Faculty Scholarship Award was presented to seven students for maintaining perfect 4.0 grade point averages throughout their college careers. The recipients were Anna Fitzpatrick, a history major from Mohnton, Pa.; Eun Hyea Godbold, a nursing major from South Korea; Justin Nichols, a molecular and cellular biology major from Harleysville, Pa.; Kirsten Setzkorn, a history major from Troy, Ohio; Joshua Steele, a Bible preseminary and Spanish major from Toledo, Ohio; Joshua Van Zandt, an accounting major from Bloomington, Ill.; and Sarah Wilson, a social work major from Lawton, Iowa.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Inspiring greatness for over 125 years, 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