Arizona Christian University President Len Munsil announced Thursday that constitutional attorney Michael Farris, the new President and CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom, will be the keynote speaker at ACU’s 55th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 6 at 11 a.m. at Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix.
“I am thrilled that my long-time friend Michael Farris will be delivering the Commencement address for ACU this year,” said President Munsil. “As the founder of Home School Legal Defense Association, then as the founder and President of Patrick Henry College, and now as President of ADF – Mike Farris has been leading the fight for Christian principles in our culture for nearly four decades.”
“It will be a blessing for our students to receive encouragement and inspiration from this nationally known Christian leader as they leave ACU to transform culture with truth,” Munsil said.
Farris, now Chancellor Emeritus at Patrick Henry College, became ADF’s new President, CEO and General Counsel in January.
He graduated from Western Washington State College, magna cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, followed by a Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University (with honors). At Gonzaga, he was articles editor of the Law Review and winner of the Linden Cup Moot Court Competition. He also earned an LL.M. in Public International Law (with honors) from the University of London.
Farris has specialized in constitutional appellate litigation. In that capacity, he has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, eight federal circuit courts of appeals, and in the highest courts of 13 states. He is also the author of numerous amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court.
A fixture on Capitol Hill for over 30 years, Farris has testified many times before both the House and Senate. Farris also has substantial experience in international human rights advocacy. He served for nearly a decade on the board of Christian Solidarity International—a Swiss-based human rights organization. He served as International Vice President of CSI for a number of years and participated in missions to the former Soviet Union and Romania. He has also engaged in private diplomatic missions to China and the Czech Republic.
Farris is nationally known as a pioneering leader of the modern homeschooling movement. His leadership of HSLDA has taken him to nearly every state and a growing number of other nations. As the founding president of Patrick Henry College, he helped launch a highly regarded Christian educational institution founded on a strong commitment to biblical truth and the classical liberal arts, the twin pillars of education for the founding generations of the United States.
Farris is the author of over 15 books, as well as law review and other scholarly articles, and countless pieces for the popular press. He has appeared on every national television network, dozens of talk shows, and played himself in a motion picture. He is the author and narrator of a popular video series entitled Constitutional Literacy, and co-host of a daily radio show, “Homeschool Heartbeat,” which airs on nearly a thousand stations.
His work has been recognized by a number of awards, including the Heritage Foundation’s Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship, and a lifetime achievement award from the Virginia Family Foundation. For his work in home education, Education Week Magazine named him one of the top 100 “Faces in Education” for the 20th century. He and his wife, Vickie, have 10 children and 19 grandchildren.
Arizona Christian University’s 55th Commencement Ceremony will occur at 11 a.m. on May 6, 2017, at Bethany Bible Church, 6060 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013.
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