Andrews University’s spring graduation will take place May 2–4. In order to provide more seating for graduates’ families, Commencement is split into three separate services by school/college. Please make note of when your graduate will be marching to ensure you attend the appropriate service.
Graduation weekend events begin Friday evening, May 2, with Consecration in Pioneer Memorial Church, and continues through the weekend, finishing with commencement services on Sunday, May 4. For details on the various weekend events and each program’s time and location, see below or visit andrews.edu/graduation.
June Price, associate dean of Lamson Hall, a women’s residence hall at Andrews, will offer the Consecration address titled, “Not So With You” on Friday, May 2, at 8 p.m. in Pioneer Memorial Church.
Price holds a master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, Tenn.). She has been involved in education for many years, teaching religion at the secondary level and psychology at the college level. Price has been at Andrews University for eight years.
On Saturday, May 3, Daniel Jackson, president of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, will present the Baccalaureate address for both the 9 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. services. His presentation for the first service is titled “Beautiful in Time” and for the second service he will present “Just Do It!”
Jackson was elected as president of the North American Division in 2010 by delegates of the world church. A native Canadian, Jackson is a graduate of Canadian University College (Lacombe, Alberta), and has lived and ministered in Canada with the exception of five years of service in the Southern Asia Division of Seventh-day Adventists. He also holds a master’s degree in systematic theology from Andrews.
Additional departmental services are planned for Friday and Saturday. They are as follows:
Friday, May 2
School of Business Administration’s Ethics Oath Ceremony
11 a.m., Garber Auditorium, Chan Shun Hall
Teacher Dedication Service
5 p.m., Andrews Academy Chapel
Saturday, May 3
Seminary Dedication Service
4 p.m., Seminary Chapel
Department of Religion & Biblical Languages Senior Dedication
4 p.m., Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall
Department of Nursing Pinning Ceremony
5 p.m., Pioneer Memorial Church
Department of Public Health & Wellness Dedication Service and Reception
5 p.m. Howard Performing Arts Center lobby
Department of Social Work Recognition Service
5:30 p.m. University Towers Auditorium
Open House for Architecture Graduates
6 p.m., School of Architecture, Art & Design Resource Center
Vespers tribute to parents, faculty and students
8:30 p.m., Pioneer Memorial Church
President’s reception for graduates & families
Immediately following vespers (9:15 p.m.), Great Lakes Room, Dining Services, Campus Center.
On Sunday, May 4, Eric Rajah, co-founder of A Better World and president/owner of Advanced Systems, will be the speaker for the first and second Commencement services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Pioneer Memorial Church. His address is titled “Imagine It Better.” Rajah will be receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws during the second Commencement service.
Born in Sri Lanka, Rajah was able to attend a community school administered by a group of Alberta missionaries who had visited in the late 1940s, where he was able to learn English. After his family moved to Canada, Rajah studied business at University of British Columbia and graduated from Canadian University College in 1981. As co-founder of the Alberta-based volunteer-run aid organization A Better World, Rajah and his team have developed projects that have met a range of needs and enlisted the services of various volunteers and experts to train workers in the community. Its focus has been on investing in the future of people in need in developing countries by providing education, health, food security, infrastructure and income-generating projects. By 2005, A Better World had expanded to 15 countries and launched a youth division that works with schools and universities to engage the next generation of community leaders. In recognition of his contribution to society, Rajah was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2011, the highest honor the Province of Alberta can bestow upon a citizen.
B. Lyn Behrens, retired president and CEO of Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center (Loma Linda, Calif.), will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Science during the first Commencement service at 8:30 a.m. Born in Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia, Behrens did her medical training at Sydney University School of Medicine, earning her degree with honors in 1964. That same year she began her postgraduate rotating internship at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. Two years later, Behrens became the first and only pediatric resident at LLU, and in 1986 she became the first woman dean of the School of Medicine at LLU. She was also the first woman to serve as president of LLU, a role she assumed in 1990. Five years later she became CEO of Adventist Health System/Loma Linda while maintaining her position as University president. In 1999 she became president of LLU Medical Center, retiring in 2008 with the distinction of being the longest-serving president in the institution’s 103-year history.
Dana Wales, managing principal at Wales & Associates, will be the featured speaker for the 2 p.m. Commencement service on Sunday, May 4. His address is titled, “Now That You Have Your Feathers…”
Wales graduated from Andrews Academy and Andrews University, then studied economics at the University of Michigan. Since 1987, Wales has been the owner and president of Wales & Associates, a wealth management practice located in St. Joseph, Mich. He currently serves on the University’s Board of Trustees and President’s Advisory Council for Institutional Development, as well as the Board of Trustees for both Lakeland Health Foundation and the Center for Youth Evangelism.