Celebrate NNU grads at baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies May 6–7

Last Updated 2 May, 2016

Northwest Nazarene University will hold its milestone 100th Commencement Saturday, May 7, at the NNU Johnson Sports Center, 313 E Dewey Ave, Nampa, Idaho 83686. Commencement is a combination of academic pageantry, conferral of degrees and the acknowledgment of achieving significant life goals.

This year separate ceremonies will be held to honor graduates of the College of Arts & Science and College of Adult & Graduate Studies. The College of Arts & Science 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 6, at 7 p.m. in the NNU Brandt Center featuring Chaplain Dustin Metcalf as the speaker. Baccalaureate luncheons for the College of Adult & Graduate Studies will take place Saturday, May 7, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at various locations on campus.

President Joel Pearsall, JD and Dr. Ed Robinson are the keynote speakers for Saturday’s College of Arts & Sciences and College of Adult & Graduate Studies Commencement ceremonies respectively.

Pearsall has recently accepted the position 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.

Robinson has been serving as a member of NNU’s faculty since 2011 teaching courses in religious studies and serving in the Spiritual & Leadership Development sector. This year, he accepted the invitation to serve as interim vice president for academic affairs. Before coming to NNU, Robinson served as a seminary professor, dean of the Nazarene Theological Seminary faculty, and most recently as president of MidAmerica Nazarene University. He received his undergraduate degree in religious education from NNU, a Master of Religious Education from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Due to limited space, each baccalaureate and commencement event is ticketed. Up to four tickets for baccalaureate and ten tickets for commencement are allotted to each graduate. Any extra tickets will be available on Monday, April 25, at the Leah Peterson Learning Commons front desk. The College of Arts & Sciences Commencement and the College of Adult & Graduate Studies Commencement will both also be accessible via live streaming online at nnu.edu/commencement.

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