Author and Founder of The A21 Campaign, Christine Caine, Announced as 2014 Commencement Speaker

Chris_7The Office of the President at Vanguard University is proud to announce Christine Caine as the 2014 Commencement speaker at the graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 9, 2014 at10am and 4pm. Both Commencement events will be held at Mariners Church in Irvine, California.

Known for her ability to communicate profound messages of hope and inspiration, Christine Caine has a heart for reaching the lost, strengthening leadership, championing the cause of justice, and building the local church globally. She is a member of the leadership team at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia, and also directs Equip & Empower Ministries.

In 2008, Christine and her husband, Nick, founded The A21 Campaign, an organization dedicated to addressing the injustice of human trafficking. The A21 Campaign’s comprehensive approach includes raising awareness, preventing future trafficking, taking legal action, and offering support services to survivors. Christine Caine is an avid believer in the hope-giving power of the local church, she is the author of UNDAUNTED, A Life Unleashed, The Core Issue, Run To Win and Can I Have (and do) It All, Please?

“I hope to inspire the graduates to believe that God is bigger than they think, can do more than they imagine & wants to use them in a mighty way for His glory! This is their time such as this!” says Caine.

In addition to the traditional Commencement ceremonies, Vanguard University will host their annual Challenge Coin ceremony for student veteran graduates on Thursday, May 1 at 4pm, and the Nursing Pinning Ceremony will be held Thursday, May 8 at 10am. A Baccalaureate service will be end on the eve of Commencement at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, on Thursday, May 8 at 7:30pm.

The Commencement ceremonies will be available on live webcast at Join the conversation by tweeting LIVE from the event using #VUGrad, and mention @VanguardU.

To learn more about Vanguard University’s Commencement ceremonies, visit

Dr. George O. Wood

A Message to the Class of 2014

Dr. George O. WoodDear President Beals and Graduates:

I was a young man when an older friend prayed this for me, “Lord, help him to lay foundations strong enough to bear the weight you will later place on him.”

That prayer I share with you on this significant day of your completion of a degree and your commencement into what the Lord has yet for you.

You’ve taken the time to lay some strong foundations in your life. You leave the school today far better equipped than when you entered, and with a bunch of friends that you have made over these years.  Your faculty, administration, and fellow students have all sowed excellently into your life; and your family and friends have supported and cheered you on.

Now, go out and build on the strong foundation you have received here. Go with the Lord’s blessing and favor. You have only one life – so make it count!

On behalf of the Assemblies of God, heartfelt congratulations to you!

For Christ and His Kingdom,

Dr. George O. Wood
General Superintendent
The General Council of the Assemblies of God (Springfield, MO)
May 9, 2014

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Congratulations to the Class of 2014

AG_LOGO_1CGreetings to the 2014 graduating class of Vanguard University!

Congratulations from the staff of The Alliance for AG Higher Education!  We are excited for you today as you not only complete your current work at Vanguard University, but you now also begin, or commence, another chapter in your life.

We believe God’s hand is upon your life, and He desires to work out His plan in you. I know this school has helped lay a good foundation upon which God will continue to build in you and through you. May He guide you in the days ahead.

We believe in you! Go and do great things for the Kingdom of God! We are proud of you and grateful for your life.

Investing in the next generation,

Dr. Marilyn K. Abplanalp
The Alliance for AG Higher Education (Springfield, MO)
April 7, 2014

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