SNU's Spring 2014 Commencement in Review

BETHANY, OK (May 10, 2014) – Southern Nazarene University celebrated its 111th Commencement Saturday, May 10, with the awarding of 416 undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as the presentations of a number of special awards.

Dr. Walter R. Quanstrom, Vice President, British Petroleum, Retired, delivered the commencement address in both the morning and afternoon ceremonies. Dr. Quanstrom, a member of the SNU Class (then Bethany Nazarene College) of 1964, is a member of the SNU Foundation Board of Directors. He and his wife, Dr. Fay Quanstrom, Class of 1963, continue to support and bring honor to their alma mater in a variety of ways.

Mrs. Barbara L. (Barbi) Moore, pastor of Global Outreach at Bethany (OK) First Church of the Nazarene, received the Doctor of Humane Letters. Rev. Ken Stallings, senior pastor of the Forest Home Church of the Nazarene in Jonesboro, Arkansas received the Doctor of Divinity degree. Inaugural Crimson Awards were presented to Drs. Don and Joy Beaver and to Drs. Walter (Wally) and Fay Quanstrom.

The Board of Trustees also named Dr. Loren and Mrs. Linda Gresham, SNU’s President and First Lady, Honorary Alumnus and Alumna of Southern Nazarene University.

Graduating seniors, Mr. Stan West, Moore, Oklahoma, and Ms. Allie Oakes, Houston, Texas, were selected to receive The President’s Award. The highest award at SNU for traditional undergraduate students, recipients are nominated based on academic excellence, service, campus leadership and a demonstration of the qualities reflected in SNU’s motto, “Character, Culture, Christ.”

The Golden Grads celebration was inaugurated with the honoring of the class of 1964. This new tradition honors graduates as they reach 50 years after their Commencement. The 32 who participated received a BNC/SNU medallion from President Gresham and were honored at a celebratory luncheon.

The morning Commencement was followed by the tradition of the Ivy Ring Ceremony with traditional graduating seniors and their families participating. The Ivy Ring Ceremony is one of SNU’s oldest traditions, initiated in 1933, signifying the parting of ways of classmates and friends, yet connected through their alma mater.

Southern Nazarene University’s mission is to transform lives through higher education in a 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.