May 5, 2008
Whitworth University Graduates to Be Honored during May 17-18 Commencement Ceremonies
Bill Robinson, Ph.D., completing his 15th year as Whitworth's president, will present the address for the graduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m. in Cowles Memorial Auditorium on the Whitworth campus. Robinson will speak on "Leading through Sacrifice." The graduate commencement ceremony will honor the graduates of Whitworth's Master of Business Administration Program, as well as graduates of the Master of International Management, Master in Teaching, and Graduate Studies in Education programs.
The baccalaureate service will take place on Sunday, May 18, at 10 a.m. in the Whitworth Fieldhouse. The homily, "The Thomas Option," will be presented by Assistant Professor of Theology Adam Neder, Ph.D., who was voted Most Influential Male Professor by the senior class.
Commencement weekend events begin Friday, May 16, and will include an ROTC commissioning service, a senior communion and commissioning service, an art exhibit, a music recital, and an English-department reading featuring graduates' capstone achievements. For complete commencement details, visit www.whitworth.edu/commencement.
During the undergraduate commencement ceremony, seven students will receive President's Cup Awards for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average throughout their undergraduate education, and one student will the receive the Servant Leadership Award, which honors a graduating senior who has exhibited an extraordinary commitment to serving the campus and the larger community.
Undergraduate-commencement speaker Julia Stronks, who came to Whitworth in 1994, specializes in Constitutional law, religion and politics, gender and public policy, poverty, school law and discrimination law. A graduate of Dordt College, Stronks earned her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. In 2003, she was honored with Dordt College's Distinguished Alumni Award. Stronks has directed both Whitworth's initiative to serve homeless youth in Spokane and the Lives of Commitment Program, funded by a $1 million grant from the M. J. Murdock Foundation. The Lives of Commitment grant funded courses, mentoring, guest lectures and other resources to help students connect their worldview convictions to the personal and professional decisions they make after graduation.
Whitworth's 2008 graduates will connect their worldview convictions to a broad range of vocational arenas, from the political – working for Senator John McCain in Washington, D.C – to the theatrical – stage-managing productions at Busch Gardens Europe. Others are pursuing master's and doctoral degrees at noted institutions in fields such as theology, public policy and physics:
Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
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