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ACU to award degrees in three outdoor ceremonies


August 2020 Commencement in Wildcat Stadium

Abilene Christian University will award 1,206 degrees this weekend in three ceremonies taking place in Wildcat Stadium. The Friday, May 7, ceremony at 8 p.m. will include 360 master’s and 102 doctoral degrees. On Saturday, May 8, 744 bachelor’s degrees will be presented in two ceremonies – 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Because the university did not conduct a December 2020 commencement, activities this weekend will include both December 2020 and May 2021 graduates. The Friday ceremony includes all doctoral and master’s degree candidates. On Saturday, undergraduate degree candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Biblical Studies will participate in the 11 a.m ceremony, and undergraduate degree candidates from the College of Education and Human Services, College of Graduate and Professional Studies, and School of Nursing will participate in in the 8 p.m. ceremony.

Dr. Ben Ries, college assistant professor, associate dean for vocational formation and executive director of the Center for Vocational Formation at ACU Dallas, will address the graduates Friday. At both Saturday ceremonies, Brad Cheves, a 1984 graduate of ACU and vice president for development and external affairs at Southern Methodist University, will be the speaker.

A number of student awards will be presented at the various ceremonies, and at both Saturday ceremonies, Drs. Wayne (’66) and Janice (Munn ’68) Massey will be honored with the Outlive Your Life award. Wayne and Janice both teach neurology at Duke University School of Medicine.

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