SNU Legacy Students Keep Tradition Alive

Excitement filled the air as graduates walked across the stage and received a diploma at Southern Nazarene University’s 108th Commencement ceremony. Every graduation day is a milestone, a marker by which lives are referenced. SNU is a higher education tradition for many families, and members of the Class of 2011 are no exception.

Out of the over 22,000 graduates many are legacy students having grandparents, parents or both attend Southern Nazarene. While every special moment cannot be documented here, the following students were selected as telling examples of the SNU tradition.

Fifth generation student David Bond, of Junction City, Kansas, graduated on Saturday with a degree in Biology. During his time at SNU he was involved in Student Government Association and served as 2011 SGA Student Body President. Bond followed his great-great grandmother Mary Sears, great grandmother Ruth Byron (‘34), grandparents Eli (’52) and Jeanne (’55) Cypert, parents Jim and Donna Bond (’84) and many other family members including older brother Joe Bond (’09).

“SNU has shaped all of us, from generation to generation. The school has been an extension of the values that we have instilled in our kids. It has molded our sons to be Christ-centered individuals. We love who they have become during their time at SNU,” said Donna Bond.

When asked about his favorite thing about SNU, Bond said, “My favorite part about SNU has been the people that I have met. The professors have a passion for Christ and what they teach.” As for plans after graduation, Bond will marry fellow SNU graduate Bethany Jean in July and plans to do work that involves ministry with students.

Brittany Solis, of Bethany, Okla., attended Southern Nazarene because most of her family has graduated fromthis institution. Her grandparents, Board of Trustees member Philip and Charla Rustin (’63), mother Lisa Alex (’86) as well as many aunts and uncles encouraged her to keep the tradition going. Solis stayed because she felt that “SNU was the best place to get a well-rounded education and the biology department wasfantastic.” She graduated with a degree in biology-chemistry and will be attending OU Health Sciences Center in the fall.

When asked about what she would miss the most Solis said, “SNU's professors made my experience here at SNU. I have had great times with them while lab assisting and simply visiting them in their office. They are always willing to talk and love to have students over to their homes. Their encouragement and support has been invaluable and I'll miss them a great deal.”

Southern Nazarene University's mission is to transform lives through higher education in Christ-centered community. As a Christian community of scholars, we model the hospitality of grace, the pursuit of truth and the practice of discipleship, all within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, as we prepare graduates who THINK with clarity, ACT with integrity and SERVE with purpose.