AU honors four during commencement, May 9

Fri, 2009-05-01 10:16 -- univcomm
May 1, 2009

Anderson University will honor four distinguished persons with honorary degrees during commencement exercises, Saturday, May 9. The 3 p.m. program will be held in the Ward Fieldhouse of the Kardatzke Wellness Center. Speaking during Anderson University’s baccalaureate service will be Rev. Dr. Kerry Robinson, senior pastor of East Side Church of God in Anderson, Ind., and member of the Anderson University Board of Trustees. Baccalaureate will take place earlier that day in Reardon Auditorium at 10 a.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Receiving honorary degrees during commencement will be:

Emery Williams (Doctor of Divinity) Rev. Emery Williams is a 1947 alumnus of Anderson University and School of Theology He completed a Master of Theology degree in Texas and later completed a doctorate while in New York, NY. He served senior pastor positions in San Antonio, TX. and at First Church of God in Queens Borough, New York, NY. Williams was ordained as a minister in the Church of God in 1947. In 1949, he established and led the National African American Youth Camp of the Church of God at West Middlesex, Pa. Rev. Williams was elected as the chair of the first integrated State Ministerial Assembly in 1971 and served the Church of God in Detroit, most notably as chair of the Assembly of the Church of God in Michigan.

Billy Joe Hall (Doctor of Laws) Billy Jo Hall received an A.B. and M.A. in Education from Morehead State University, Ky. He has been a member of Anderson University Board of Trustees since 1981. He is an investment advisor at LPL Financial Services in Mount Sterling, Ky., and is a 38-year veteran of the financial services industry in the Mount Sterling community. He was formerly chair of the Board, President, and CEO of a commercial bank before entering the securities business in 1982. A leader in state and local civic affairs, Hall is a former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Employees Retirement System. He has served on three university boards -- Anderson University, Morehead State University, and Mid-America Christian University -- as well as the Kentucky Council on Higher Education. For more than 49 years, he has been a leader in church activities at the national, state and local level. Prior to entering the financial services arena, he was involved in administrative positions in state government and higher education.

Thomas J. Snyder (Doctor of Laws) Thomas J. Snyder received a Mechanical Engineering degree from Kettering University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana University. Since July 1, 2007, he has served as the ninth president of Ivy Tech Community College and currently co-chairs the new Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics Initiative in central Indiana. Snyder served a distinguished 33-year career with General Motors Corporation and Remy International, Inc. in Anderson. He served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Indiana State Chamber, the Executive Council of the Saint Theodore Guerin High School in Noblesville, board member of the Paramount Theatre restoration in Anderson, and member of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Snyder was involved in helping Anderson University establish the Flagship Enterprise Center and serves on an advisory group for Anderson University’s capital campaign, “Dreams.Discovery.Direction.

Bobbette J. Snyder (Doctor of Humane Letters)

Bobette Snyder serves as executive director of the Leadership Academy of Madison County. Under her leadership, the Leadership Academy has grown to include the Anderson Youth Leadership Academy and has formed opportunities through Community Alliance to Promote Education (CAPE) and Parent Academy Leadership in Schools (PALS). She has co-chaired the Madison County United Way Campaign and was named the Distinguished Citizen of Madison County. She also co-founded Vision Now consulting company and was the first coordinator of the Paramount Theatre Centre Festival of Trees. Bobbette was nominated in 2006 and again this year for the Athena Award and is regularly among the finalists.

Other events scheduled on Anderson University’s May 9 commencement day include the Falls School of Business hooding ceremony at 11:30 a.m. in Byrum Hall for candidates of both Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Business Administration degrees.

The hooding ceremony for the Master of Education and the Master of Music Education will be conducted at 12 noon on May 9 in Shield dining room, Olt Student Center. The certification ceremony for the Teach in Indiana Program (TIP) will be conducted in Decker Hall, room 133, at 11:30 a.m.

Events earlier in the week associated with commencement weekend include the School of Theology Senior Recognition and Awards Chapel on Tuesday, April 28, at 11 a.m. E.D.T. in Miller Chapel. On Friday, May 8, at 6 p.m. E.D.T. the hooding ceremony for the Doctor of Ministry graduates will take place at Miller Chapel / Tallen Hall in the SOT. In addition, a special pinning ceremony for the Anderson University School of Nursing will be conducted on Friday, May 8 at 6 p.m. in Byrum Hall.