August Graduation Weekend
Andrews University announces its summer graduation, taking place August 1–3.
Graduation weekend events begin Friday evening, August 1, with Consecration in Pioneer Memorial Church, and continue through the weekend, finishing with Commencement on Sunday, August 3. For details on the various weekend events and each program’s time and location, see below or visit andrews.edu/graduation.
Karl G.D. Bailey, associate professor of psychology at Andrews, will offer the Consecration address titled, “Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength.“ on Friday, August 1, at 8 p.m. in Pioneer Memorial Church.
Bailey holds a PhD in cognitive psychology from Michigan State University. He is heavily involved in research, especially in collaboration with students, and for the last four years has been investigating the internalization of Sabbath-keeping among Seventh-day Adventists and the relationship between Sabbath-keeping and wellbeing. Bailey has been at Andrews University for ten years.
On Saturday, August 2, Andrea Luxton, provost of Andrews University, will present the Baccalaureate address at 11:45 a.m. Her presentation is titled “The Life of Integrity.”
Luxton holds a PhD in English from Catholic University of America and a postgraduate diploma in institutional management and change in higher education from the University of Twente, Netherlands. During her career she has served in various roles as an educator and administrator, including as president of both Newbold College in England and Canadian University College in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. She has served as provost of Andrews University since 2010.
Additional departmental services are planned for Friday and Saturday. They are as follows:
Friday, August 1
School of Business Administration Ethics Oath Ceremony
11 a.m., Chan Shun Hall, Garber Auditorium
Saturday, August 2
Seminary Dedication Service
4 p.m., Seminary Chapel
Medical Laboratory Sciences Certificate Ceremony
5 p.m., Pioneer Memorial Church Youth Chapel
Department of Social Work Recognition Service
5:30 p.m., University Towers Auditorium
Graduation Vespers, honoring graduating students, family and guests, will take place at 8:30 p.m. in Pioneer Memorial Church, immediately followed by the President’s Reception for family and graduating students in the Great Lakes Room of the Campus Center.
For a full schedule of weekend events, visit andrews.edu/graduation.
On Sunday, August 3, Loren Hamel, president & CEO of Lakeland HealthCare and member of the Andrews University Board of Trustees, will be the speaker for the 9 a.m. Commencement service at Pioneer Memorial Church. His address is titled ”Inspired.”
Hamel holds an MD from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California, and a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He has worked in the Michigan healthcare system for 31 years, serving as a family physician and medical administrator. He is an active board member of Andrews University and the Southwest Michigan Economic Growth Alliance, and has also served Andrews as a clinical professor and director of the University’s health services.
Stephen E. Upton, chairman of the Upton Foundation and former senior vice president for corporate communications, education government affairs at the Whirlpool Foundation, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws during the Commencement service. Upton is a lifelong resident of southwestern Michigan who has devoted much of his life and energy to local community support for families and education through his philanthropic service, as chairman of the Upton Foundation and president of the Whirlpool Foundation. During his tenure at Whirlpool, Upton was deeply committed to customer service, launching the first-ever toll-free customer service helpline in the 1960s. He has also led support of Lakeland Regional HealthCare, served as a founding board member of the Lake Michigan College Foundation, and serving as a member of numerous community boards.