Winter Commencement at Southern Nazarene University Yields 410 Awarded Diplomas

A winter storm did not put a damper on the enthusiasm of the 410 graduates, their families and friends at the Winter Commencement ceremony at Southern Nazarene University, December 7, 2013. However, for the very first time in the history of SNU Commencements, the inclement weather caused a need for a video speech. Dr. Russ Bredholt, Jr, President of Bredholt & Co., a leadership and development firm, delivered the Commencement address via video due to the travel restrictions resulting from the storm.

Dr. Melanie Kyzer, VP for Academic Affairs at SNU, said: “I was relieved we were able to have Commencement due to the weather - our first objective was for the safety of those participating. We have a Commencement Committee that includes a variety of campus offices who plan and carry out all Commencement activities and they did a wonderful job once again. Our thanks goes to this group for their hard work.”

Watch Winter Commencement free online at: or go to
Russ Bredholt SNU Speech | Nazarene Media Library to hear the Commencement speech.

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.