Title: Indiana’s first lady selected as AU commencement speaker
Indiana’s first lady, Judy O’Bannon, wife of Governor Frank O’Bannon, will address the Anderson University graduating class of 2001 during commencement exercises, May 12. The 3 p.m. program will be held in Warner Auditorium followed by a presidential reception in the breezeway area of the Krannert Fine Arts complex. Speaking at the baccalaureate service will be Dr. Jerry Grubbs, retiring dean of the chapel at Anderson University. Anderson University’s baccalaureate service will take place earlier that day in Reardon Auditorium at 10 a.m.
Both events are open to the public.
Receiving honorary degrees during commencement will be O’Bannon; Dr. Gene W. Newberry, dean emeritus and a founding faculty member of the AU School of Theology; the Rev. Cleopatra Myricks-Graham, prominent Church of God choral arranger, conductor and teacher; and the Rev. Dalineta Hines, author and national speaker.
O’Bannon has spent her life working on behalf of Indiana’s communities. She approaches her role as Indiana’s First Lady with the vision of “Communities Building Community.” As chair of the 25-member Indiana 2016 Task Force, she is encouraging Hoosiers to set the state’s 200th birthday in 2016 as a target date for achieving long-term goals. O’Bannon will receive the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
Newberry was one of the first faculty members when the School of Theology was established 50 years ago. He served as the seminary’s third dean from 1962 to 1974 and was named the first “Distinguished Professor” in the graduate division in 1974. Upon his retirement in 1980, the university’s board of trustees recognized Newberry with the title of Professor Emeritus of Christian Theology. Newberry will receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity.
Myricks-Graham served as minister of music for the Arlington Church of God in Akron, Ohio, for 44 years. Her published works include several collections of songs and a variety of workshop material designed to assist church worship. She will receive the honorary Doctor of Sacred Music from Anderson University.
Hines, an ordained minister of the Church of God, moved to the United States from her native Jamaica to serve in Church of God ministry with her husband, the late Rev. Dr. Samuel George Hines. They worked first in Detroit and then spent 25 years with the Third Street Church of God in Washington, D.C. She continues to work in the ministry as a speaker and author. She has been a valued member of the university’s board of trustees for 15 years. She will receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in theology, business and education.