December Commencement 2012 in Review

BETHANY, OK (December 10th, 2012) - On Saturday, December 8th, a total of 411 undergraduate and graduate degree candidates participated in the 2012 Winter Commencement at Southern Nazarene University.

Dr. Ed Neuenschwander, Professor, Department of Physics, began the processional by carrying in the Academic Mace. The honor of Academic Mace Bearer is awarded by a faculty vote to a senior member of the SNU faculty in recognition of dedicated service and outstanding qualities that exemplify the SNU motto.

The commencement address was delivered by Dr. Juanita Copley, the former Chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Department as well as Professor Emerita at the University of Houston. Dr. Copely is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and currently serves on the SNU Board of Trustees in addition to her many other church involvements.

During her speech, Dr. Copley encouraged the graduates to be open to life’s interruptions stating, “My vocational plan was wrecked, I went into school, I had a plan, I knew what I was going to be. God made some interruptions in that life, but now I have a career that I’ve never been bored. It’s a career that I love and it's joyful, I hope you take those interruptions that way as well.”

The Student Marshals for the December 2012 Commencement were recognized for their outstanding academic performance among those anticipating graduation on the coming academic year: Robbie Bollinger, Kylee Bowman, Brennan DiChiara, Brooke Hunt, Audra Marston, Jake O’Bannon, Courtney Redwine, Ian Sanders, Tesica Starkey, Nicole Tanizawa, Austin Troyer and Stan West.

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.