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Celebrate NNU grads at baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies May 5–6

April 25, 2017


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Northwest Nazarene University will hold its 101st commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6, at NNU's Johnson Sports Center, 313 E. Dewey Ave., Nampa, Idaho. Commencement is a combination of academic pageantry, conferral of degrees and the acknowledgment of achieving significant life goals.

Separate ceremonies will be held to honor graduates of the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Adult & Graduate Studies. The College of Arts & Sciences Commencement is at 9:30 a.m., and the College of Adult & Graduate Studies Commencement is at 4 p.m.

A baccalaureate service for the College of Arts & Sciences is scheduled for Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in the NNU Brandt Center featuring Chaplain Olivia Metcalf as the speaker. Baccalaureate luncheons for the College of Adult & Graduate Studies will take place Saturday, May 6, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at various locations on campus.

Dr. Rhonda Carrim and President Joel Pearsall are the keynote speakers for Saturday’s College of Arts & Sciences and College of Adult & Graduate Studies commencement ceremonies respectively.

Dr. Rhonda Carrim, valued faculty member and alumna, serves as Associate Professor of Practical Theology in NNU’s School of Theology and Christian Ministries. An accomplished theological educator, Dr. Carrim has developed curricula, conducted research in church history and spiritual formation, as well as contributed to a variety of publications. In addition to earning a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from NNU in 1986, Dr. Carrim earned a Master of Divinity in Missiology from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation from Asbury Theological Seminary. Before returning to NNU as a full-time faculty member in 2004, Dr. Carrim served with her husband, Errol, in a variety of pastoral, teaching and administrative roles in Trinidad and England.

Pearsall serves as the 13th president of Northwest Nazarene University, having previously served as NNU’s vice president for financial affairs and in-house legal counsel, vice president for university advancement, and executive director of Northwest Nazarene University Foundation, Inc. Pearsall earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from NNC in 1980 and a Juris Doctor from Willamette University College of Law in 1983. He came to NNU after being in private legal practice and church administration.

Due to limited space, the commencement ceremonies are ticketed with up to ten tickets available to each graduate. Any extra tickets will be available on Monday, April 24, at the Leah Peterson Learning Commons front desk. The College of Arts & Sciences Commencement and the College of Adult & Graduate Studies Commencement will also be accessible via live stream at nnu.edu/commencement.

To view a full schedule of all the weekend activities, visit nnu.edu/commencement→