Anderson University Announces Commencement Speaker, Honorees

Professors shake hands with students as they process to commencement.

AU alumni and faculty emeritus among degree recipients and speakers

Anderson University will welcome distinguished alumni when it celebrates commencement on Saturday, May 6.

Dr. Charles Myricks, Jr., will serve as the commencement speaker. He currently 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).

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.

AU will award two honorary degrees. The Rev. Curtiss Paul DeYoung and Regina Troutman Snowden will each receive the Doctor of Humane Letters. 

  • Rev. DeYoung, a 1980 alumnus of the university, is the executive director of Community Renewal Society, a historic, faith-based, civil rights organization in Chicago. For more than 30 years he has served in academic and community work focusing on peace and reconciliation.
  • Snowden, a 1970 alumna of AU, founded Partners for Youth with Disabilities, a mentor-match organization that pairs children with a disability to successful adults to have a similar disability.

Farmer will speak during the baccalaureate service at 10 a.m. in Reardon Auditorium on May 6. Myricks will speak and the honorary degrees will be awarded during commencement activities at 3 p.m. in Kardatzke Wellness Center.

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.

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