Corban University celebrated its largest graduating class and several acheivement awards on May 7th. Within the class of 2011, 155 students earned their undergraduate degrees, 45 earned their graduate degrees and 63 students graduated with degrees from the ADP program.
“There were about 10 percent more graduates this year than last,” said Corban Registrar Chris Vetter. “It was a great way to end the academic year. Spring enrollment was up and we are already anticipating a larger group of incoming students next fall.”
Corban University President Reno Hoff conferred an honorary doctorate to State representative Kevin Cameron who also delivered the challenge to the class of 2011. In his challenge, he told students they shouldn’t waste the time and effort made to earn their degrees, but to discover ways to use their gifts and talents to serve others. Additionally he said, “the best leaders are followers,” and encouraged students to be missionaries for Jesus Christ wherever they go and in whatever profession they work in.
The 2010/2011 school year was a time of achievement for many students. Nineteen students earned Summa Cum Laude honors, 25 earned Magna cum laude and 33 earned cum laude. Corban Associated Student Body President Alyssa Teterud was named the Distinguished Graduate for Student Life Leadership and Edward Ziebart was named the Adult Degree Program’s Distinguished Graduate Award recipient. Additionally, Vince Rediger received the $2,000 Morris Scholarship.
Lois Whitaker was all smiles the day of graduation as her family surrounded her and offered congratulations and fellow classmates helped her adjust her cap and gown.
Like so many of the 263 Corban University students who graduated with the class of 2011, she was filled with nervous anticipation. However, her anticipation had been building for 82 years.
On May 7, the great-grandmother walked across the stage in the C.E. Jeffers Sports Center after completing her degree with the “Class of 49,” a close knit group of Corban Adult Degree Program students representing the 49th class of students earning their Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Family Studies degrees.
“It took me a little longer than I expected,” Whitaker laughed as many of the 24 family members in attendance came up and gave her hugs and kisses. “I had a family and raised them and had grandchildren. I have a new Corban family now too.” In addition to obtaining her degree well past retirement age, Whitaker graduated magna cum laude.
Although it was a time of celebration, Provost Matt Lucas led the overflow crowd in a moment of silence to remember former Professor of Education Beth Bartruff who passed away on Christmas Day 2010 and 2011 graduate Sara Swenson who passed away April 30.
Following commencement students and families poured into the Jeffers parking lot with shouts of joy, hugs and happy tears. It was an especially proud moment for Ayouba Moussa-Issoufou, an international student whose mother traveled from Niger to watch her son receive his degree in accounting and management.
“It is such a proud moment for me,” he said. “I appreciate all I have learned and look forward to seeing how God will use me and my education.” His next plans include moving to France to study for his master’s degree.
The 2010/2011 school year also saw growth within Corban’s four graduate level programs in business, education, counseling and ministry and well as the Graduate Teacher Licensure Program.
The fall semester at Corban begins with Student and Family Orientation on Aug. 26. Classes begin on Aug. 31.
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