Asbury Celebrates Class of 2017

Asbury University’s Commencement celebrated the Class of 2017 as they go out to impact the world for Christ.

WILMORE, Ky. — As new graduates of Asbury University walked across the stage in the Luce Center on May 6, they joined a community of alumni — more than 22,000 strong — who are impacting the world for Christ. Check out Commencement videos and photos below!

During Saturday’s Commencement exercises, traditional undergraduate, degree completion and graduate students celebrated their achievements with their families, friends and Asbury faculty and staff. This year’s Commencement speaker was Commissioner David Jeffrey, national commander of The Salvation Army in the U.S. 

“I have a simple mission for you today,” Jeffrey said. “It’s not an impossible mission, but it is simply this — to follow Jesus. He offered that call to His disciples in the early days. Follow Him as a ready people for a waiting world.” 

Asbury University’s Commencement celebrated the Class of 2017 as they go out to impact the world for Christ.

During the traditional undergraduate Commencement service, Jeffrey was honored with an honorary Doctor of Christian Ministries. Dr. Bonnie Banker, a longtime Asbury employee who was instrumental in establishing Asbury’s graduate program, was also awarded an honorary degree. 

Before the awarding of degrees to traditional undergraduate students, Dr. Gray presented an honorary bachelor’s degree to the family of Molly Harlin, a member of the Anchored Class of 2017 who passed away in June 2015.

“Molly was a proud member of the Anchored Class graduating this afternoon,” Gray said. “Molly’s life and contributions to this community will be long remembered. She will forever be a member of the Anchored Class and of the Asbury University family.”

Serving throughout the U.S. and in more than 80 countries around the world, Asbury alumni are equipped for excellence and grounded in a Christian worldview of faith and service. Here are just a few of the ways new Asbury graduates are accepting the call to impact the world for Christ.

  • "I’m going to be heading out this summer to Maryland for an internship, working at the Department of Defense Naval Warfare Center. If you go to a regular secular university, your first thought isn’t always going to be how you’re going to help people — it’s way more about how you’re going to succeed personally. Asbury has helped me have that mentality of service in the face of a very intense career. That different mentality will make a big difference, and hopefully will be a positive impact in my workplace." — Daniel Gallutia ’17, Engineering Mathematics 
  • "I’m the director of the Office of Faith Work and Economics at Asbury Theological Seminary, and we’re exploring ways to prepare entrepreneurial church plants — businesses that both seek to make a profit and provide a venue for church plant. I chose Asbury’s MBA because of the faith and work integration. It was a very strong element from beginning to end." — Jay Moon ’17, Master of Business Administration 
  • "My major is Social Work, and there’s so much I could do — it’s limitless. All the doors are open to me. Adding Spanish on to that, I reach a population even within the States that is often pushed aside. That automatically opens doors for me to be the hands and feet of God to people who are oftentimes pushed away because they’re different. I’m doing advanced standing here at Asbury next year, and hopefully after that, I’ll be working somewhere with The Salvation Army." — Erieka Smith ’17, Social Work and Spanish 
  • "I want to be a teacher, and eventually a professor, and I want to teach students how to live as committed, radical, holy, loving Christians in a secular world. I want them to be proud of their faith, not ashamed of it, and to live as people of integrity." — Rebecca Frazer ’17, Communication/Political Science
  • "I’m really satisfied with the way that my Asbury experience has turned out. I am moving to work in an inner city school, which is what I’ve been preparing for for four years in the School of Education. It will be a challenge, but I’m really excited to start." — Hannah Friedeman ’17, Elementary Education
  • "This summer, I’m going to study at the Globe in London with the theatre majors, and after that, I’m going to an advanced directing program at the National Theatre Institute. I’ve learned so much at Asbury, but it has cultivated my relationship with God the most. I’m so excited to be able to bring God’s love to every aspect of what I do." — Alison Acuff ’17, Theatre/English 
  • "I plan to attend Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine this fall, and I’m very excited. What I’ve learned at Asbury is to be bold in your faith and bold in your profession, and I’m going to take all those skills from the classroom, as well as lessons from my peers and mentors, and apply those to make a difference in the world." — Mary Eastham ’17, Biology
  • "The most important thing I learned at Asbury was integrating my career with my faith. I’m going into non-profit management, so having that mission focus will be how I impact the world. To this year’s new students, who will begin in the fall: do what you’re passionate about, enjoy every moment and cherish your friends." — Julie Spaulding ’17, Business
  • "I’m moving to Haiti in August to help run a for-profit business at a non-profit resort, working with the Hands and Feet project at a company called Haiti Made. Basically, my job will be to help bring in tourists to help the country economically develop and also help create jobs for manufacturing." — Parker Touchton ’17, Communication 

Commencement for APS & Graduate Students

Commencement for Traditional Students

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