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WEEKEND CELEBRATION on WILMORE CAMPUS - May 3 & 4, 2013
FRIDAY 5:00-6:30 p.m. Campus Picnic Graduates and Families *
FRIDAY TIME 7:30-8:30 p.m. Baccalaureate - Hughes Auditorium
SATURDAY 9:00 a.m. Commencement Rehearsal for Graduate and Non-Traditional Students -- Hughes Auditorium Wilmore Campus.
SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Commencement for Graduate and Non-Traditional Students-- Hughes Auditorium -- Doors open at 9:30 a.m.--- No tickets required
11:00 a.m. 2013 Senior Class Photo Graduate and Non-Traditional Students -- in front of Hughes Auditorium (rain location: inside Hughes)
11:00-1:00 p.m. Commencement Brunch *
-- Grille: Graduate and non-Traditional Students
Commencement Speaker 2013
Dr. Debra McKenna Blews
Asbury University announces Dr. Debra McKenna Blews as the Commencement speaker for the Saturday morning Commencement for graduate and non-traditional students, and her husband, Dr. Edward Blews, will share with the traditional graduates during the afternoon Commencement. Dr. Debra Blews holds a juris doctor degree as well as a master of laws degree in international law.
For the past 20 years, Dr.Blews has been a Visiting Professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Before this position, Debra was a practicing attorney for the Cooley Clinic, representing nonprofit corporation clients. Dedicated to pro bono and volunteer work, Debra has contributed her time as a civil mediator, as a volunteer attorney for the Access to Justice office of the State Bar of Michigan, and as a member of the Spring Arbor University Board of Trustees and Asbury Theological Seminary Board of Trustees.
Debra and her husband, Edward, live in DeWitt, Michigan. The couple enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, biking, and international travel. Currently, their home church is Trinity Church in Lansing, Michigan. Over the years, both have held leadership positions at Central Free Methodist Church, Mt. Hope United Methodist Church, and University Reformed Church. The couple has four children and one grandchild.
GRADUATION CELEBRATION ACTIVITIES on WILMORE CAMPUS May 3 & 4, 2013
*CAMPUS PICNIC - Friday, May 3, at 5:00 p.m.,
There will be a campus picnic in the semi-circle hosted by the Asbury University Alumni Association. This will be an informal time of fellowship with classmates, families, and friends, as well as members of the Alumni Board of Directors. Graduates will receive a complimentary graduate ticket, and additional tickets may be ordered by Monday, April 29, from the Alumni Office (859-858-3511 x 2167). Tickets for family and guests may be purchased for $8.00 (adult) and $5.00 (child under 12). This picnic is being catered by Chick-fil-A featuring the Original Chicken Sandwich. The child’s meal will be chicken nuggets, so please keep that in mind when ordering. If your child would prefer a sandwich, then please order the adult meal. We do ask that you order picnic tickets in advance so we may plan for the correct number. Print the Picnic Ticket Order Form and mail it in, fax it to 859.858.3921, or email the form to the Alumni Office.
Graduate and non-traditional students and their families are encouraged to attend this service of “sending” and celebration on Friday evening before Graduation on Saturday.
The Guest Speaker will be Dr. Matt Friedeman. Dr. Friedman has been the Professor of Evangelism and Discipleship at Wesley Biblical Seminary since 1987. He has authored six books including the latest, Discipleship in the Home (also out on DVD) and LifeChanging Bible Study (used as a text at Asbury University). He received his B.A./M.A./Ph.D from the University of Kansas and his M.Div. from Asbury Seminary. He has been active in the local, state and national media as a columnist, political analyst, and radio talk show host.
He is the founding pastor of DaySpring Community Church since 2001. DaySpring Church has been known for its activism at the abortion clinic, the crisis pregnancy center, at the prison and penal farm, at the nursing homes, tutoring ministries and other innovative outreaches into the urban center of Mississippi. DaySpring is also extensively involved internationally in various mission fields.
On Saturday, May 4, a Commencement Brunch honoring the graduates of 2013 will be served from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Each graduate will receive a complimentary ticket plus two additional complimentary tickets for their guests. These can be picked up when cap and gowns are received from Corbitt Hall (859-858-3511 x 2600). Additional brunch tickets may be purchased for $12.50 on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, in the student center. Reservations are not required.
Graduation announcements are available through the Asbury University Student Store and may be ordered by students and parents up to Monday, March 18. Orders received for personalized announcements after March 18 may not be available before Commencement. Print the Graduation Announcement Order Form and mail it in, fax it to 859.858.3921, or email the form to the University Student Store. Or click here to order online!
Official Asbury University diploma frames are available for purchase from the Asbury University Student Store. A large selection of other Asbury University memorabilia is also available.
VIDEOS OF GRADUATION EVENTS
Chapel, Commencement, and Baccalaureate videos will be available via iTunes U -- and audio can be located at asbury.edu/podcast -- after June 1.
At each Commencement, a professional photographer will take photos of graduates receiving their diplomas. Information to view proofs and order images from the graduation can be found at www.asburygraduation.blogspot.com. If you have any questions, contact Matt Sawyer Photography at (502) 802-1009 or by e-mail at email@example.com. A complimentary class picture will be sent to graduates.
Caps, gowns, and honor cords are ordered according to information given by the graduate on the Application for Graduation. Regalia will be distributed at Corbitt Hall beginning Monday, April 22, 2013. Caps should be worn flat on the head. Dress shoes and socks/nylons should be worn with the cap and gown. Dress slacks and dark ties are appropriate for men.
DIPLOMAS will be mailed to students once all academic and financial obligations have been satisfied.
LODGING information - http://www.asbury.edu/offices/provost/commencement/lodging