Arizona Christian University is proud to announce Bishop Alexis Thomas as the institution’s 54th Commencement address speaker on May 14, 2016 at Bethany Bible Church.

“We are proud to welcome back Bishop Thomas to his alma mater as this year’s Commencement speaker,” said ACU President Len Munsil, who had Bishop Thomas as a student in a Christian ethics class at ACU during the 1990s. “Bishop Thomas is an incredibly gifted and passionate communicator of God’s word and has emerged as a compelling spiritual leader in our state and nation.”
Bishop Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biblical Studies from ACU (formerly Southwestern College) and is currently attending The Graduate School of Episcopal Studies. Having served in the capacity of Senior Pastor of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church since 1985, Bishop Thomas was ordained as the Bishop of the State of Arizona in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship in New Orleans, Louisiana in November 2003. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce, is the General Chairman of the African American Christian Clergy Coalition, which he founded in 2001, and is also the co-founder of the African American Strategic Alliance Coalition in Phoenix.

The following events will be taking place during ACU’s Commencement Week. Please join us as we celebrate more than 100 traditional and Degree Completion Program spring graduates this year!


2nd Annual Firestorm Film Festival

The Firestorm Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the capstone work of Arizona Christian University Communication majors who have chosen film as their area of emphasis. Each student has authored an original screenplay and directed his or her own short film as part of the coursework requirements.

Tuesday, May 10th

The Picture Show, Paradise Valley Mall
4550 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85032

6:30 pm: Doors Open
7 pm: Films begin

To reserve a free ticket, email [email protected]

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3rd Annual Westphal Athletic Awards Ceremony

Celebrate the outstanding athletic contributions, spiritual leadership, and educational achievements of ACU’s 2015-16 student athletes.

Thursday, May 12th

Christ’s Church of the Valley, Scottsdale Campus
19030 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255

6:30 pm: Red Carpet and Dessert Reception
7 pm: Ceremony

General Admission: $10, Student w/ID: $5

Black Tie Optional

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Graduate Recognition Celebration and Dessert Reception

Friday, May 13th

Arizona Christian University Gymnasium
2625 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85032

6 pm: Dessert Reception
7 pm: Recognition Celebration


54th ACU Commencement Ceremony


Keynote Speaker: Bishop Alexis Thomas

MLK Living the Dream Awards Breakfast
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Saturday, May 14th

Bethany Bible Church
6060 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85013

10 am: Doors Open
11 am: Ceremony

The Florette Flower Truck will be at this year’s ceremony for you to purchase flowers for your ACU Grad! Pre-Book your flowers today by emailing Jenna at [email protected] by May 8th!

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