Commencement 2018

Commencement 2018

2017 graduates in a line


Anderson University will celebrate commencement on Saturday, May 5. Commencement will occur at 3 p.m. (EDT) in the Ward Fieldhouse of the Kardatzke Wellness Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Doors open at 2 p.m., and parents and families are encouraged to arrive by 2:30 p.m. for the commencement processional.

On May 5:

Before May 5:

  • Friday, May 4, 6 p.m. – 26th Annual School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony at Reardon Auditorium recognizing all 2017 senior nursing students.
  • Friday, May 4, 6 p.m. – Hooding ceremony for School of Theology graduates at Miller Chapel.
  • Friday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. – Certification dinner for the Transition to Teaching Program recipients at the York Performance Hall and Galleries.

Bishop Timothy J. Clarke will serve as the commencement speaker and will receive an honorary doctorate in divinity. Bishop Clarke is the senior pastor of First Church of God in Columbus, Ohio. Bishop Clarke has served in several leadership capacities with the National Association of the Church of God, on the boards of various community and political organizations, and is the author of seven books.

The Rev. Dr. Melissa Pratt BA ’91 will serve as the baccalaureate speaker. She has been the senior pastor of the Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot, West Virginia, since February 2007. In addition to her pastoral work, the Rev. Pratt is a conference and retreat speaker, preacher, and worship evangelist.

In addition to Clarke’s honorary degree, AU will award two honorary degrees in humane letters.

  • Dr. Todd R. Clear BA ’71 currently serves on faculty with the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University — Newark after previously serving as provost and interim chancellor. Clear has won several awards and served in multiple leadership roles in the field of criminal justice, and has authored or co-authored 12 books.

  • Margaret A. Lewis is the founder and president of Village Project Africa. She previously served as associate director of Tri-S at Anderson University. Her travels have taken her to more than 60 countries around the globe leading tour groups, volunteering at work camps, and visiting mission fields.

Anderson University is a private, liberal arts institution in Anderson, Indiana with a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service in the church and society. Anderson University is recognized among top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, Colleges of Distinction, and The Princeton Review. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university now offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music education, and theology.