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2018 Vanguard Commencement Speaker

Dr. Daniel Amen '78

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We are so honored and blessed to have many distinguished alumni, like you, as a crucial part of Vanguard’s rich history. We are delighted to share this great news with you and hope you’ll join us in prayer for this year’s graduating class.

American psychiatrist, ten-time New York Times bestselling author, brain disorder specialist, and director of Amen Clinics, Dr. Daniel Amen `78, will give Vanguard University’s Commencement address on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Mariners Church in Irvine, California. Dr. Amen graduated from Vanguard in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in biology, when the college was still known as Southern California College. This year’s commencement will mark 40 years since beginning his own professional work in the medical field.

“Dr. Daniel Amen has been a pioneer in the medical field, impacting millions of lives, and we are honored to have him back at his alma mater 40 years later to speak to our graduating class of 2018,” said Dr. Michael Beals, president of Vanguard University. “Dr. Amen has continued to model Vanguard’s mission of pursuing knowledge, cultivating character, deepening faith, and leading a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service."

Dr. Amen, born to Lebanese immigrant parents in Encino, California is one of America’s leading psychiatrists and brain health experts. He is double board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Amen has authored and co-authored 70 professional articles and more than 30 books during his illustrious career. A well-known celebrity doctor, Dr. Amen has also appeared on Dr. Phil, Larry King, Dr. Oz, The Doctors and The View. His work has been featured in BBC, New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, and Men’s Health.

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Meet Our Team

Alyssa Aragon

Titles: Alumni Relations Coordinator

Laura Capo

Titles: Director of Alumni Engagement

Heather Clements

Titles: Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

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