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Dr. Walter Kim

NAE President Dr. Walter Kim Will be Taylor Commencement Speaker

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Dr. Walter Kim, President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), will be the featured speaker at Taylor University’s 2021 Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 15, at 10 am, in the Kesler Student Activities Center (KSAC) Fieldhouse. The event marks its return to the KSAC Fieldhouse following last year’s Commencement exercises, which were delayed after Taylor officials closed the campus in the face of the then-spreading Covid 19 pandemic. Commencement was rescheduled and held outdoors near the Rice Bell Tower on August 15.

Kim holds a PhD from Harvard University, an MDiv from Regent College, and a BA from Northwestern University. Kim has taught classes at Boston College and at Harvard University, and contributed to the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Archaeological Study Bible, and The Soul of Medicine. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and a licensed minister in the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference.

“Dr. Kim is a distinguished scholar whose vibrant Christian faith shapes all that he does and impacts the people he meets. His is a message that will definitely resonate with and challenge our graduating seniors,” said Dr. Paige Comstock Cunningham, Taylor’s Interim President. “We are honored and excited to be able to welcome him as we celebrate the accomplishments of our class of 2021, and believe this day will be one that will positively mark the lives of everyone who is able to attend.” 

Taylor University’s 403-member graduating class represents 32 states throughout the United States and 14 different countries. Projected statistics for the Class of 2021 include: 

  • 232 women and 171 men.
  • 16 Master of Arts degrees;
  • 177 Bachelor of Arts degrees;
  • 206 Bachelor of Science degrees;
  • Two Associate of Arts degrees.
  • Three completing the requirements for two Bachelor degrees; and
  • 41 Bachelor degree recipients are completing the requirements for at least two majors.

266 Baccalaureate degree recipients have earned honors

  • 88 summa cum laude;
  • 101 magna cum laude;
  • 77 cum laude honors.
  • 15 undergraduates are on track to graduate with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

“Commencement is a day of celebration and the crowning achievement for our graduating students,” said Dr. Michael Hammond ’92, Taylor’s Provost and Executive Vice President. “We consider Commencement as one of Taylor’s ‘high holidays,’ meaning that it is a high-profile day marked with importance and spiritual significance for our community. As Covid infection rates continue to fall and we see businesses and public spaces reopen, we are confident that Taylor University will be able to host this event in a way that honors God and places a memorable capstone on the stellar educations our students have received.”

The 403 graduates will join 25,521 previous graduates of Taylor University.

To watch a live-stream of Commencement, visit:, and click the button that says “Watch the Commencement Webcast LIVE.”