The Vanguard University Commencement ceremonies May 5-7 will mark the achievements of Vanguard’s graduating class of 2011 as over 500 graduates from the college, the school for professional studies and master’s degree programs celebrate with family and friends.
On Thursday, May 5, all graduating students are invited to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church at 7:30pm to celebrate Baccalaureate, where associate professor of political science Dr. Darren Guerra ’91 will be speaking.
On Friday, May 6, the Nursing Pinning ceremony will take place in Needham Chapel at 9:30am. At 7:30pm the Commencement ceremony for the Graduate Programs and School for Professional Studies will begin at Mariners Church in Irvine. Jill Reza ’96, an attorney who practices employment law and business litigation in Irvine, will be the Commencement speaker for the event.
Two student speakers will also present at this ceremony. The graduate student speaker is Kristel Miles who is graduating with her master’s degree in Leadership and Spirituality. Miles currently serves on the worship team at Rock Harbor and also plays an active role in launching their new campus in Huntington Beach. The SPS student speaker will be Marlena Smith will be graduating with a degree in psychology. Smith is part of the Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology and works for FedEx. Smith also volunteers at the New Hope crisis counseling center and advocates for continuing education for working adults.
On Saturday, May 7, at 9:30am at Mariners Church the traditional Undergraduate Commencement ceremony will feature Dr. Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life, one of the best-selling books of all time, as the keynote speaker.
André Abrantes will also address the graduates as the chosen undergraduate student speaker for the ceremony. Abrantes, who was born and raised in Portugal, graduated from the Portuguese Assemblies of God Bible Institute with a Pastoral Leadership degree in 2005 and came to pursue his education in the Music Department at Vanguard with Dr. James Melton in 2008. Abrantes has worked as an International Student Advisor, worship leader, and worship coordinator throughout his time at Vanguard. This is a ticketed event, so please make sure you have your ticket for the ceremony.
On Friday, April 29, Vanguard also honored their graduating veterans with their first Veterans Challenge Coin ceremony that took place at 5:30pm in the Scott Courtyard on the campus of Vanguard University. Over 50 people attended this inaugural event to honor the veterans that have worked so diligently to accomplish their degree.
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