The highest award presented to the graduating class in the traditional program is the President’s Award. Each year, both a female and male student are recognized by the faculty and administration with this award, based on their Christian example, scholarship, appreciation of learning, loyalty and cooperation, service and leadership.
2018 Spring Commencement President's Award recipients Ms Kaylin Cummings and Mr Travis Vernier
Dr. Mike Redwine, SNU’s Executive Vice President, made the announcement that Miss Kaylin Cummings and Mr. Travis Vernier had been selected as this year’s recipients of this coveted award. According to Dr. Redwine, “While all of the finalists met the criteria at the highest level, and made a lasting impact on the university, this year’s recipients were selected for their outstanding involvement in service and ministry, and their embodiment of Character-Culture-Christ.”
Kaylin Cummings is the daughter of Gary and Christi (Henderson) Cummings, of Gastonia, NC. Kaylin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education/Social Studies. She was highly involved on campus, including symphonic band and SNU Marching Band, was Treasurer for the National Society for Leadership and Success and Secretary for the SNU Honors program.
While at SNU, Kaylin attended and served in the worship band at Calvary Church of the Nazarene in Bethany, OK and was active in the college group. She plans to teach history in the Oklahoma City area. Kaylin is now the third member of her family to receive this award. Her father, Gary, received the award in 1988, and her maternal grandmother, Sherrill (Chandler) Henderson, was the recipient in 1964.
Travis Vernier is the son of Dr. Stephen and Rebecca Vernier of Yukon, OK. Travis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pastoral Ministry with a minor in Military Science. He has been involved in several areas including pep band, symphonic band and jazz band, served as University Marshal his Junior year, was a member of the SNU Mortar Board, and worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Biology/Chemistry department.
While at SNU, Travis attended Bethany First Church of the Nazarene where he played lead trumpet in the orchestra, participated in bell choir and was active in the college group. After graduation, Travis will be attending the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He plans to use his medical training to serve wherever God may send him.
Dr. Keith Newman presented a beautiful Scott Stearman sculpture to each recipient and said of them, “Kaylin and Travis exemplify the servant-leadership we hope will be developed or enhanced during a student's years at SNU. We know that they leave SNU prepared to embrace the challenges of life and model for their co-workers, or fellow graduate students, what it means to LiveLast, a lifestyle based on the words of Jesus, who invites us to put the needs of others ahead of our own.” He added, “The legacy they leave for our campus invites future students to follow in their footsteps. We are proud of Kaylin and Travis, and look forward to seeing how God uses them to make a contribution to our world.”