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One of America’s Most Innovative Leaders, Dr. Ricky Temple, Announced as 2015 Commencement Speaker

The Office of the President at Vanguard University is proud to announce Dr. Ricky Temple as the 2015 Commencement speaker at the graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Known across the country for his charismatic and captivating messages, Dr. Ricky Temple currently serves as senior pastor of Overcoming By Faith Ministries in Savannah, Georgia, where he has served since 1981. With a master’s degree in strategic leadership from Life Pacific College, and an honorary doctorate of divinity from International Church of Foursquare Gospel, Dr. Temple has achieved years of academic and ministry experience. He is the co-author of the book, “Why Smart People Make Dumb Choices,” host of the radio show “A Study with Pastor Rick” on Radio KTLW, and is currently working on several upcoming book projects. Dr. Temple has a deep commitment to developing leaders, churches, and families, with a down-home approach and practical, everyday insights.

“Ricky Temple exemplifies a life of passion and understanding, that has inspired leaders and innovators across our nation,” said Vanguard President Michael J. Beals. “His messages and wisdom on living intentionally will be an incredible model to our Vanguard graduates as they enter their next chapter.”

“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.”

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.