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Popular Author Skye Jethani is Featured Commencement Speaker at Taylor University

By Jared Hammond Published: May 13, 2014

Skye Jethani

Christian author, speaker and pastor Skye Jethani will be the featured speaker during Commencement activities at Taylor University, scheduled Saturday, May 24, at 10:00 a.m., in the Kesler Student Activities Center.

Jethani serves numerous roles at Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, and is the senior producer of This is Our City, a project that tells the stories of Christians working for the good of their community.

He is also a regular guest on Moody Radio’s Prime Time America, WORD fm in Pittsburgh, Chicago Public Radio’s Vocolo, and 180 with Karl Clauson on 1160am in Chicago. He is also a co-host of the Phil Vischer Podcast, a weekly show that blends culture, theology and comedy.

Previously, Jethani was a full-time pastoral minister at Blanchard Alliance Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He continues to speak at churches and events including Q, Catalyst, Newsong Church, Mars Hill Bible Church, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, and the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel. He has written three books. The Divine commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity; WITH: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God; and his latest book, Futureville.

An expected 434 graduates will receive their degrees. Distinctions of the Class of 2014 include:

  • 244 women
  • 190 men
  • 17 will receive Master of Arts degrees in Higher Education and Student Development
  • 7 will receive Master of Business Administration degrees
  • 11 will receive Master of Environmental Science degrees
  • 205 will receive Bachelor of Arts degrees
  • 185 will receive Bachelor of Science degrees
  • 3 will receive Bachelor of Music degrees
  • 5 will receive Bachelor of Business Administration degrees
  • 5 will receive Associate of Arts degrees

Four graduates are completing the requirements for two Bachelor’s degrees. One graduate is completing the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree, and an Associate’s degree. Thirty-five Bachelor’s degree recipients are completing the requirements for at least two majors.

Two-hundred-fourteen Baccalaureate degree recipients have earned graduation honors and will wear gold tassels, cords or sashes at Commencement. Of these students, 43 are graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors; 81 have achieved Magna Cum Laude and 90 have earned Cum Laude honors. Six undergraduates will graduate with a perfect 4.0 grade point average during their years at Taylor: Lydia Christine Belcher, Stephen Daniel Gilliland, Christina Hope Goggin, Greta Katherine Lohe, Andrew James Parrish and Morgan Taylor Williams.

More than two-thirds of this year’s graduates participated in at least one study-abroad or international service experience.

The class represents 31 states and 12 foreign countries including: Bahamas, Belgium, Bolivia, Central African Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

The graduates of the class of 2014 will join 22,372 previous graduates of Taylor University.