Commencement Celebrates Achievements and Perseverance
| by Carol Best firstname.lastname@example.org
A perfect blue-skied sunny day greeted graduates, their friends and loved ones as MNU held its Commencement in two ceremonies May 4, 2019. The speaker for both the traditional undergraduate and the professional and graduate ceremonies, Southwest Airline Captain Tammie Jo Shults, a 1983 alumnus of MNU, was awarded an honorary doctorate. Her inspiring speech recounted a life of perseverance and courage as she told graduates about her life prior to becoming the pilot who landed SW Air 1380 after the left engine blew apart in April 2018.
"Habits become instincts in crisis," Shults told the audience, as she encouraged them to rely on education, training, lifestyle and faith in Jesus Christ in order to face life's greatest challenges.
Three professors were honored with emeritus status upon their retirement; Dr. Mary Fry, professor emeritus of counseling, Dr. Arvin Oke, professor emeritus of psychology and Dr. Kelvin St. John, professor emeritus of spiritual formation.
The Robert I. Brower award, the highest award given to a professor in the School of Professional and Graduate Studies, was given to Andrew Secor, assistant professor of counselor education.