Commencement 2017

Commencement 2017

Anderson University will hold its annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, at the Kardatzke Wellness Center in Anderson, Indiana.Anderson University will welcome Charles J. Myricks, Jr., chief operating and development officer for the National Association of the Church of God, as the guest speaker for commencement on Saturday, May 6. Commencement will occur at 3 p.m. (EDT) in the Ward Fieldhouse of the Kardatzke Wellness Center. Anderson University will award two Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during commencement to The Rev. Curtiss Paul DeYoung and Regina Troutman Snowden. The event is free and open to the public.

[Parents and families, doors open at 2 p.m. and are encouraged to arrive by 2:30 p.m. for the commencement processional. View a campus map and directions to Anderson University.]

Other events scheduled on May 6 include the following:

Events scheduled prior to May 6 include the following:

  • Friday, May 5, 6 p.m. – 25th Annual School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony at Reardon Auditorium recognizing all 2017 senior nursing students.
  • Friday, May 5, 6:30 p.m. – Certification dinner for the Transition to Teaching Program recipients at the York Performance Hall and Galleries.
  • Friday, May 5, 6 p.m. – Hooding ceremony for School of Theology graduates at Miller Chapel.

Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World ReportColleges of DistinctionThe Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business and theology.

Speaker Bios

Charles Myricks’s business career has included positions in sales, marketing, and management at IBM and InterBold. He had the honor of being the first African American to occupy the office of vice president and general manager for one of the top five Christian music labels. He served for five years as the VP/GM of Word Gospel Records in Nashville, Tenn. Under his leadership, Word Gospel’s recordings garnered several Grammy, Dove and Stellar Awards. He was also instrumental in distributing the first multi-platinum gospel recording in the modern era of Gospel music.

As the founder of “Divine Hope” a gospel music ministry, he traveled extensively throughout the U.S, Europe and South Africa sharing a unique blend of original, contemporary, jazz inflected gospel music. With multiple recordings to their credit, Divine Hope was also the grand prize winner of the 700 Club/Star Song Records National New Artist Search. Chuck has written two musicals; “The Miracle of Love” a Christmas musical on the love story of Joseph and Mary and.” Paul: A Musical Journey” a full length Opera, focusing on the life of the Apostle Paul. In 2016 under commission by the Akron Symphony Orchestra, he created a new arrangement of Spirituals called “There’s a Stirrin in the Water.” Currently, he is working on a new musical on the life of King David scheduled to premiere in 2017.

Answering a call of God on his life, he entered full time ministerial service an assistant Pastor at Arlington Church of God in Akron, Ohio. Currently he serves as the chief operating and development officer of the National Association of the Church of God West Middlesex, Pa. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Anderson University (Anderson, Ind.) and the Board of Directors of Youth Excellence Performance Arts Workshop (Akron, Ohio).

He is a graduate with special distinction in marketing and management from Anderson University (Anderson, Ind.).  He has a Master’s degree in homiletics from Ashland Theological Seminary and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree (Anderson University).

He is married to Sherilyn Beverly Myricks and they have three children Kathryn Elizabeth, Kristen Nichelle and Charles James III.

Natalie Farmer, chief financial and operations officer for Church of God Ministries, will be the baccalaureate speaker. Farmer graduated from AU in 2003. Prior to joining the staff of Church of God Ministries, she was the director of finance and business development for contemporary Christian music artist Sandi Patty.