The commencement ceremony at Grace College took place Saturday, May 10 at 9 a.m. in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center. William J. Katip, president of Grace College and Seminary, lead the commencement ceremony. The ceremony included an invocation by Rev. Keith J. Treadway, senior pastor at Bible Baptist Church in Kokomo, Indiana; an institutional welcome by Dr. Katip; and a benediction by Rev. C. James Brown, senior pastor at Grace Community Church in Goshen, Indiana. The Lancer Chorus, directed by Thomas C. Hall, performed before the commencement services.
Grace College and Seminary’s graduating class of 2014 consisted of 492 graduates:
- 55 received associate degrees from either the Weber school, the Prison Extension program, or the Nursing program through Bethel
- 336 received undergraduate degrees
- 67 received graduate degrees
- 34 received seminary degrees
The class was comprised of students from 28 states and 16 countries, including Albania, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Kenya, Macedonia, Mexico, Mongolia, Philippines, South Korea, Spain, the United States, and Zimbabwe.
A total of 181 Baccalaureate degree recipients earned graduation honors and wore gold tassels, cords or sashes at commencement.
- 27 graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors
- 40 achieved Magna Cum Laude honors
- 39 earned Cum Laude honors
- 75 earned Honors in the Graduate Division and Seminary Division
Over the past few years, Grace has been implementing new and innovative options to offer an affordable Christian education to more students. This year, Jacob Goodman was the first graduate from the Grace/Trine Engineering partnership with a degree in Applied Physics in addition to his Civil Engineering Management degree. Caleb Sanders was the first graduate of the 3+1 blended program with a Master of Business Administration. Also receiving degrees were first-time graduates from Grace’s new 3-year Reimagine program, the Medical Device Quality Management program, the Exercise Science program, and the Weber schools in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.
May 10 also marked the end of the first year of presidency of Dr. William Katip, who stepped into leadership during last year’s commencement. Dr. Katip brings 39 years of higher education experience to the presidency and has been invaluable in guiding Grace Schools through many innovative changes since 2007.