Taylor University’s Commencement is Saturday, May 18

Published: May 15, 2013

Commencement activities at Taylor University are scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2013, in the Kesler Student Activities Center. An expected 491 graduates are expected to receive degrees during the event, which begins at 10:00 a.m. The commencement speaker is Taylor Professor of Education and Department Chair Dr. Cindy Tyner. Dr. Tyner is a Taylor graduate and lives in Marion.

The class represents 38 states in the United States and 13 foreign countries – Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Russia, South Korea, and Ukraine.

Some of distinctives of Taylor’s Class of 2013 include:

  • 271 women
  • 220 men
  • 19 will receive Master of Arts degrees in Higher Education and Student Development
  • 21 will receive Master of Business Administration degrees
  • 6 will receive Master of Environmental Science degrees
  • 239 will receive Bachelor of Arts degrees
  • 197 will receive Bachelor of Science degrees
  • 6 will receive Bachelor of Music degrees
  • 1 will receive a Bachelor of Business Administration degree
  • 4 will receive Associate of Arts degrees

One graduate is completing the requirements for two Bachelor’s degrees; two graduates are completing the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree and an Associate’s degree; and 32 Bachelor’s degree recipients are completing the requirements for at least two majors.

Two hundred thirty-three Baccalaureate degree recipients have earned graduation honors and will wear gold tassels, cords or sashes at Commencement. Of these students, 55 are graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors; 94 have achieved Magna Cum Laude; and 84 have earned Cum Laude honors. Five undergraduates will graduate with a perfect 4.0 grade point average during their years at Taylor: Caroline Nicole Hays, Lindsey Jordan Kalk, Sarah Rae Nace, Jenissa Rose Van Antwerp, and Laura Kathleen Westercamp.

Over 64% of this year’s graduating class have had at least one such experience, with many having two, three or four international experiences.

The graduates of the class of 2013 will join 21,883 previous graduates of Taylor University. The Taylor Alumni Association is made up of teachers, businesspeople, doctors, government officials, pastors, computer programmers, journalists, missionaries and many others who experienced God’s touch at Taylor University. The Alumni Association supports the mission of Taylor through giving, alumni gatherings and other opportunities.

Class Verse for 2013:

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.

Ephesians 4:1 (ESV)