2021 USA/Canada Commencement Report

2021 USA/Canada Commencement Report

Nazarene News Staff
| 22 Jun 2021

Nazarene News compiled the following list of spring commencement reports from each of the Nazarene institutions of higher education on the USA/Canada Region: 


Ambrose University
President: Gordon Smith
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Web: ambrose.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: 30 April (Education), 8 May (Undergraduate and Seminary)
Commencement Speakers: Mary Rozsa de Coquet, Justin-Robert Mabiala Kenzo, Michael Capello
Number of Graduates: 181
Fast Facts: Convocation and ceremonies were held virtually...Video


Eastern Nazarene College
President: Jack Connell
Location: Quincy, Massachusetts
Web: enc.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: 16 May
Commencement Speakers: Melody Eckardt
Number of Graduates: 196
Fast Facts: ENC honored both the class of 2020 and the class of 2021 with separate in-person ceremonies...Full story


MidAmerica Nazarene University
President: David Spittal
Location: Olathe, Kansas
Web: mnu.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: 7-8 May
Commencement Speakers: David Spittal
Number of Graduates: 555
Fast Facts: This was MNU's 50th annual commencement ceremony...Video


Mount Vernon Nazarene University
President: Henry Spaulding II
Location: Mount Vernon, Ohio
Web: mvnu.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: 24-25 April
Commencement Speakers: Dora Hawthorne
Number of Graduates: 540
Fast Facts: MVNU used multiple small capacity ceremonies to allow for in-person ceremonies to be attended by family members amid COVID-19 restrictions...Full story


Nazarene Bible College
President: Harold Graves Jr.
Location: Lenexa, Kansas
Web: nbc.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: 29 May
Commencement Speakers: Harold Graves Jr.
Number of Graduates: 156
Fast Facts: Nine students completed their entire Bachelors of Ministry degree in Spanish...Full story.


Northwest Nazarene University
President: Joel Pearsall
Location: Nampa, Idaho
Web: nnu.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: 8 May
Commencement Speaker: David Rodes
Number of Graduates: 540
Fast Facts: NNU held their graduation ceremonies in-person while maintaining COVID-19 safety precautions...Video


Nazarene Theological Seminary
President: Jeren Rowell
Location: Kansas City, Missouri 
Web: nts.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: 1 May
Commencement Speaker: Ron Benefiel
Number of Graduates: 60
Fast Facts: NTS held its 75th commencement ceremony, culminating the seminary's 75th anniversary of its founding in 1945...Full story


Olivet Nazarene University
President: John Bowling
Location: Bourbonnais, Illinois
Web: olivet.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: 8-9 May
Commencement Speakers: Gregg Chenoweth, Scott Sherwood, Russ Bredholt
Number of Graduates: 1,129
Fast Facts: John Bowling presided over his last graduation ceremony as he retires after 30 years as Olivet's president...Full story.


Point Loma Nazarene University
President: Bob Brower
Location: San Diego, California
Web: pointloma.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: 12-13 June
Commencement Speakers: Catherine Crockett, Jill Hamilton-Bunch, Breann Kirby, Dephney Wadley, Jeff Sullivan, and Kendra Oakes Mueller
Number of Graduates: 1,319
Fast Facts: Point Loma held multiple small-sized commencement ceremonies in the Greek Amphitheater to hold in line with COVID-19 guidelines...Video


Southern Nazarene University
President: J. Keith Newman
Location: Bethany, Oklahoma
Web: snu.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: 8 May
Commencement Speaker: Gary Morsch
Number of Graduates: 426
Fast Facts: SNU held an in-person commencement ceremony for the first time since 2019...Full story


Trevecca Nazarene University
President: Dan Boone
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Web: trevecca.edu
Date of Graduation Exercises: 7-8 May
Commencement Speakers: Dan Boone
Number of Graduates: 1,300
Fast Facts: Social distancing guidelines resulted in separate ceremonies for candidates from different degree levels and programs...Full story



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