Commencement Calls Grads to "Live Passionately"

Asbury University graduates will celebrate the accomplishments of past years and prospects for a bright future at Commencement 2014 on May 10. Graduation exercises for graduate and non-traditional students will begin at 10 a.m. in Hughes Auditorium, and commencement for traditional undergraduate students will begin at 2 p.m. in the Luce Center. Baccalaureate services will begin at 7:30 p.m. on May 9 in Hughes. A full schedule of events may be found here at

Asbury University Commencement
Alec Hill, president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, will speak at Asbury's Commencement ceremonies on May 10.

This year’s Commencement address will be delivered by Alec Hill, President of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Dedicated to witness and discipleship, InterVarsity is a non-denominational ministry serving nearly 39,000 core students and faculty on college and university campuses nationwide. Additionally, the organization operates a publishing arm, InterVarsity Press, and the triennial Urbana Student Missions Conference.

Hill says he looks forward to speaking to Asbury students not only because he is committed to “the next generation of Christian leaders,” but also because his own faith has been shaped by the personal piety and social impulse of the Wesleyan tradition. The title of his address is “Living Courageously,” a call for Christian students to live as bold witnesses for Christ.

“This is a time in which greater courage will be needed as our faith and our culture diverge more,” Hill said. “Clearly with InterVarsity, since we’re on secular campuses, we experience a lot of that divergence daily. The sense of living passionately and courageously is what I’m excited to talk about.”

For senior Caitlyn White, “living courageously” will mean putting four years’ preparation to work for the Kingdom of God. An elementary education major, White says she can’t wait to be teaching full-time, and while she is nervous about this new stage in her life, she looks forward to the coming years as “a really exciting adventure.”

“I've spent four years bettering myself, soaking in the word of God, and what it looks like to build the Kingdom, and now we actually get to go out and build the body and change the world, even if that's just my small impact,” White said.

The Baccalaureate address will be given by Rev. David MacFarland, who currently serves as senior pastor at Nathaniel Mission in Lexington, Ky. Nathaniel Mission provides for the physical needs of its neighbors through community outreach and its free medical clinic, and their spiritual needs through Nathaniel United Methodist Church. MacFarland has a Master of Divinity from the Lexington (Ky.) Theological Seminary.

Commencement Schedule of Events 2014
FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014

1:00-5:00 p.m.      Hospitality Center Open
                             -- Student Center

2:00-4:00 p.m.       Commencement Rehearsal for Traditional Student
                             -- Luce Center

5:00-6:30 p.m.       AU Alumni Association Picnic
                             -- Semi-circle in front of Hager Administration Building (rain location: Student Center)

5:00-11:00 p.m.     Housing Registration for Guests
                             -- Kresge Hall

7:30-8:30 p.m.       Baccalaureate Service
                             -- Hughes Auditorium
                             -- Doors open at 6:45 PM
                             -- No tickets required

8:30-9:30 p.m.       Department Reception
                              -- For graduates, families, friends, and faculty
                              -- Kinlaw Library

SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.    Hospitality Center Open
                                    -- Student Center

8:30 a.m.            Commencement Rehearsal for Graduate and Non-Traditional Students
                          -- Bennett-Bernard Chapel, Morrison

10:00 a.m.          Commencement for Graduate and Non-Traditional Students
                          -- Hughes Auditorium
                          -- No tickets required

11:00 a.m.          2014 Graduate and Non-Traditional Class Photos
                          -- in front of Hughes Auditorium (rain location: inside Hughes)

11:00-1:00 p.m.  Commencement Brunch
                          -- Grille:  Graduate and Non-Traditional Students
                          -- Johnson Cafeteria: Traditional Students

1:00 p.m.           2014 Senior Class Photo
                         -- Traditional Students
                         -- in front of Hughes Auditorium (rain location: inside Hughes)

2:00 p.m.           Commencement for Traditional Students
                          -- Luce Center
                          -- Admission with tickets 1:00-1:30 p.m.
                          -- Open admission after 1:30 p.m. (as space permits)

SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2014
9:00 a.m.            Residence Halls will close
                          -- Students and guests should have all personal items removed by this time.

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