Arizona Christian University graduated the largest class in its history at its 52nd commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 24 at Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix, as 119 students were awarded bachelor’s degrees in Behavioral Health, Family Studies, Biblical Studies, Biology, Business Administration, Christian Ministries, Communication, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Music and Music Education. More than 1,300 people were in attendance to celebrate the graduates.
U.S. Congressman Trent Franks delivered the commencement address, reminding students that God can use all of us for His purposes. After listing the flaws of several giants of the faith, Franks said, “God uses inadequate people, and He always has.” Rep. Franks is in his 7th term in Washington DC, having represented the West Valley since 2000.
ACU President Len Munsil delivered the “charge” to the graduates. Instead of telling the students they’re not special or otherwise criticizing them — a common theme in recent university commencement speeches — President Munsil reminded the graduates how God views them – as His children, fearfully and wonderfully made, chosen, and beloved. He challenged them to meet the great expectations we have for them to be difference makers in our community, state, nation and world, as those who rise up to restore and repair that which is broken in our communities (Isaiah 58).
The graduates were also honored in an awards ceremony the Friday evening before Commencement, as hundreds of faculty, staff, students, family, and friends attended an event held in Fultz Memorial Gymnasium on ACU’s campus. Outstanding graduate awards were given in each department, along with athletic, academic, Christian service and other awards.
Arizona Christian University wishes our graduates all the best as they pursue careers and further studies!
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