Saturday May 4 was a day marked by transitions and joy at the Salem Armory.
More than 250 new graduates attended Corban University’s commencement celebration along with family, friends and other guests. Many of the school’s newest alums buzzed about their transitions from student to job seeker or new employee and others about their moves from dorms and campus townhouses to their own places.
In all, 284 students graduated. Of those, 167 were traditional undergraduates, including two from Indonesia, and 55 earned their degrees through the Adult Degree Program. Fifty-nine students earned graduate degrees, including eight from the Tacoma campus.
Additionally, the two-hour ceremony marked a milestone for the university as the first three Doctor of Ministry degrees in the school’s history were awarded. They were Stephen Button, James Isaacson and John Mosser.
During the ceremony, Provost Matt Lucas named the Distinguished Traditional Undergrad and Distinguished Adult Degree Program award recipients.
“This individual is viewed as a trailblazer in that they have led the way where none have gone before,” Lucas said about Esther Gallaway, who was named the Distinguished Traditional Undergrad. “This individual perceives the need for student leadership and humbly assumes the role of a leader. One example of this is the role the person took as the student leader of the Haiti Medical mission team. By leading this trip for two years, they have served humbly to provide the opportunity for students to minister and act out their faith in their desired professions.”
The Distinguished ADP Award was presented to Susan G. Smith.
“As an exceptional student in the program, she exhibited a high degree of care and empathy for the educational and spiritual welfare of underprivileged students at Taft Middle School & High School in Lincoln City, Ore.,” Lucas said about Smith. “This was specifically exemplified in her Family Studies Independent Study Project which focused on preparing students for life after high school. She coordinated with the national secondary education assistance program called GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), working daily with the students to encourage them to plan and prepare for college. She introduced her students to various colleges and was responsible for bringing the colleges to the students by sponsoring college fairs and field trips.”
The commencement also marked a transition for retiring faculty and administrators. In honor of President Reno Hoff founding the business program and his 44 years of service to the University, the Corban University School of Business was renamed the Reno Hoff School of Business. Additionally, retiring faculty members Claudia Green, Ed.D., Rich Meyers, Ph.D., and Bruce Merritt, Ed.D., were recognized for a combined 82 years of exemplary commitment to Corban.
Read the story of Corban University’s commencement in the Statesman Journal.
See photos from the 2013 Corban University Commencement by clicking here.