Costa Mesa, CA, May 1, 2015 – The Office of the President at Vanguard University is proud to announce Dr. Mariana Mogos, Sean Jackson, and Lucas Brawner as the student speakers for the 2015 Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Both Commencement events will be held at Mariners Church in Irvine, California.
Vanguard University’s undergraduate commencement ceremony will include student speaker, Lucas Brawner. Brawner will earn a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, and plans on pursuing his teaching credential and a masters in education at Vanguard. Brawner has integrated himself into the Vanguard community by serving his fellow students as freshman residence assistant and the executive vice president of the student body. He is honored to address the student body on this monumental day.
Two student speakers from school for graduate and professional studies have been selected to address the class of 2015. Sean Jackson, who will receive his bachelor of arts degree in religion from the school for professional studies, started his own business with his wife, Shirley, in 2000. Their company, Shine, has grown into one of the most recognized special event production companies in southern California, producing almost 250 events a year since the company’s inception. Jackson resides in Yorba Linda with his wife and two children, where they are active leaders at a new church in downtown Orange, called Refuge OC.
Dr. Mariana Mogos, who will graduate with a master of science in clinical psychology, came to Vanguard University as a professor herself, who realized the need to know more about her patient’s internal world. Dr. Mariana Mogos earned her doctor of medicine in 1994, later doing her residency, fellowships and internships at USC, from 1996-2000. She most recently held the spot of assistant professor of clinical anesthesiology at USC, and practices at Keck Hospital, as well as USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital, in Los Angeles.
“We are looking forward to celebrating Vanguard University’s graduating class of 2015, and all of the associates, bachelor’s, master’s, challenge coin, and RN to BSN recipients,” said Dr. Doretha O’Quinn, Vanguard’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Students work hard to get to this day, and the faculty stand proud beside them to witness it.”
In addition to the traditional Commencement ceremonies, Vanguard University will host their Baccalaureate service on the eve of Commencement, with Dr. Jerry Camery-Hoggatt as the faculty speaker. Dr. Camery-Hoggatt is professor of narrative theology and New Testament in the department of religion at Vanguard, specializing in early Christian origins, narrative theology, and New Testament studies, with particular interest in method and content in the study of the Gospels. Baccalaureate will take place at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, on Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. A Nursing Pinning Ceremony will also be held on Thursday, May 7 at 10 a.m. at Newport Mesa Church in Costa Mesa.
There will be a live video stream of both ceremonies online at Vanguard’s website: www.vanguard.edu/live. Closed Captioning will be available for the 4 p.m. ceremony. Join the social conversation by tweeting LIVE from the event using #VUGrad, and mention @VanguardU.
For more information, visit www.vanguard.edu/commencement.
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ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu