Date: May 3, 2007
Sunday, May 6, Andrews University will add 457 undergraduates and graduates to its thousands of alumni worldwide. Students, their families and community members will have the opportunity to take part in not just commencement exercises on the Berrien Springs campus, but also many other activities.
Friday, May 4, David S. Hall, Sr., enrollment coordinator at Andrews University, will speak for the consecration service at 8:00 p.m. in the Pioneer Memorial Church. The title of his presentation will be "Those Who are With Us." Also on Friday, at 5:00 pm in the Andrews Academy chapel, there will be a special teacher dedication service.
Baccalaureate services will take place Saturday, May 5, at 8:15 a.m. for graduate students and at 11:20 a.m. for undergraduate students, both in the Pioneer Memorial Church. Jon Dybdahl, professor of world mission at Andrews University, will speak for both services on "Going Home for the Holidays?" Several campus departments will hold their pinning and dedication services Saturday afternoon, including: Nursing Pinning at 4:00 p.m. at the Village SDA Church; Seminary Dedication at 4:00 p.m. in the Seminary Chapel; and the Dietetics Pinning at 5:30 p.m. in Garber Auditorium of Chan Shun Hall. A vespers service will be held at 8:30 p.m. in Pioneer Memorial Church, and a reception hosted by President and Mrs. Andreasen will follow for the graduates and their families in the Campus Center.
Commencement for graduate students takes place Sunday, May 6, at 8:30 a.m., and at 11:30 a.m. for undergraduates in Pioneer Memorial Church. William Johnsson, assistant to the president for interfaith relations at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, will speak for the graduate commencement on "Embrace the Impossible." During the graduate service, Johnsson will also receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. Dick DeVos, president of The Windquest Group and 2006 Michigan gubernatorial candidate, will speak at the undergraduate service on "Will You Hear Him Knocking? Putting Your Faith to Work in the World." During the undergraduate commencement, Dolores and Leon Slikkers, philanthropists and entrepreneurs, will receive honorary Doctor of Laws degrees. Seating in the main sanctuary is restricted to ticket holders only; however, there is overflow seating available in the Youth Chapel for those without tickets.