Degrees, awards given at December Commencement

Posted December 08, 2010

Abilene Christian University will award 257 degrees – 160 undergraduate and 97 graduate – during its December Commencement, Dec. 10. The ceremony will also feature the presentation of several graduate awards. Dr. Jerry Taylor, assistant professor of Bible, Missions and Ministry, will give the charge to graduates.

Commencement"Typically, we view graduation primarily as a point of completion as well as a celebration of the accomplishments our students have made during their time at ACU,” says Dr. Jean-Noel Thompson, vice president and dean for student life. “While these are certainly worthy of celebration, what we are truly celebrating is the impact these students will have in their families, chosen careers, cities, faith communities and the world, as a result of their total learning experience at ACU."

During the ceremony several students will be honored by the university and their classmates with annual academic and character awards. The Trustees Award is presented to students who have brought honor to the university, and it will be given to Emery Dudensing, Kelsi Williamson and Ernest Umberger.

The Dean Adams Achievement award will be presented to Lara Klopp Jones and Megan McCormick. This award is given to students who overcame some type of obstacle to complete their education.

The Honor Man, Ken Lake, and Honor Woman, Shawna Hines, is given to students characterized as the ideal student, while proving scholastic ability.

The B Sherrod Scholarships are awarded to students planning to attend graduate school. Those receiving this award include: Joshua Alkire, Sara Bam, Marissa Walker and Kelsi Williamson.

The LeMoine G. Lewis/Alpha Chi Award is given to students with a perfect 4.0 grade point averages. Zachary Cook, Rebecca Hamilton, Anastasia Nelson, Kelsi Williamson and Marissa Walker will be receiving the award.

Commencement is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Moody Coliseum. A brief reception for the graduates and their families will immediately follow the recessional in the Hunter Welcome Center.