It wasn’t just a change in venue that marked Corban University’s 2012 commencement; it was the number of graduates.
The University celebrated the largest graduating class in its 76-year history on May 5. This included 144 undergraduates, 67 post graduates and 78 graduates of the Adult Degree Program. Ten of the post graduate students were from the Corban School of Ministry Tacoma campus.
The total number of graduates doesn’t include nearly 300 students who will graduate with Corban University degrees from the Teacher’s College at Universitas Pelitas Harapan, UPH, in Karawaci Indonesia on June 1. Several Corban administrators and staff will attend that ceremony, including President-elect Dr. Sheldon Nord and University Provost Dr. Matt Lucas.
Corban’s decision to change the venue from the Salem campus to the Salem Armory was due to the increased number of graduates. The move was well-received by those in attendance as well as the graduates, who were able to invite more family members to their special event.
The commencement celebration was filled with laughter, including a moment when Lucas tweeted a photo of the graduates and family from the lectern on stage. There were tears and cheers from the audience as students walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. Keynote speaker and honorary doctorate degree recipient Mike McLaran reminded students to stay disciplined and to remember and acknowledge those in their lives doing the work that may be perceived as beneath them.
Orientation for incoming freshmen and sophomores will begin August 24 and classes begin August 29.
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