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Grace College Commencement Ceremony Honored 485 Graduates

Thursday, May 16

Grace College & Seminary’s annual commencement ceremony took place on Saturday, May 12, in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center on the Grace College campus.

The 2019 Commencement honored 485 students, including 287 bachelor’s degree graduates, 100 master’s degree graduates, 15 doctoral degree graduates, and eight associate degree graduates.

Dr. Roger Bingham delivered the commencement address.

Each year, Grace’s residential graduates select a faculty member to deliver the commencement address.  This year, Dr. Roger Bingham, associate professor of business, was chosen.  Dr. Bingham spoke on leaving a legacy and “making your dash count.”  Bingham implored students to begin “by doing two things: leading others and loving others.”  Bingham said leadership comes from influence, and influence from investing in other people.

Two graduates also addressed the 2019 Grace College & Seminary commencement. Noah Hicks represented the undergraduate student body, while Jamie Briscoe spoke on behalf of the adult, graduate and seminary students.

Grace College President Dr. Bill Katip selected retiring men’s basketball coach Jim Kessler to carry the ceremonial mace.  Kessler also received a special recognition for his 42 years of service to Grace College as faculty and coach.