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Taylor Celebrates 177th Commencement Ceremony

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Taylor University celebrated its 177th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. The University’s President, Dr. Michael Lindsay, presided over the event and was the featured speaker of the day. 

In addition to Dr. Lindsay’s remarks and several musical performances, Damon Montgomery ‘24 was chosen from among his classmates to give the senior address. 

“My speech was about the different ‘shoes’ we choose to wear and where we have left our footprints these past four years,” Damon said. He was excited about the opportunity to speak in front of such a large crowd of peers and family members. 

An impressive 67% of this year’s graduating class finished with honors, 19 of whom have maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average. 

The class comes from 35 states and 14 foreign countries including Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Qatar, South Korea, Uruguay, and Venezuela. 

The graduates of the class of 2024 have joined the prestigious group of 26,803 Taylor University alumni. 

“Taylor has grown me in my faith, my relationships, and has taught me how to be a servant-leader even when it isn’t easy,” said Frank Smith ‘24. “Taylor will always be a home to me, even if I am not a student.” 

In addition to the undergraduate class, the University is proud to confer five honorary doctorates: Philip Anschutz, Jamie Fellowes, Jim Morris, Edgar Sandoval, and Elaine Vandermeulen. These recipients are exemplars of servant-leadership, who faithfully represent Christ to the world. 

Congratulations to all of this year’s graduates—may the Lord bless you in the next chapter of your lives.