Title: AU announces graduation speakers
Anderson University’s 82nd commencement exercise will be conducted at 3 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time-EST), Sat., May 6, in Warner Auditorium adjacent to the university campus. Mr. Rick Little, President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Youth Foundation in Baltimore, Md., will address graduates and guests. Rev. Melvin Hester, senior pastor of the Bronx-Westchester Community Church in Mount Vernon, N.Y., will be the speaker for AU’s baccalaureate service. The baccalaureate service will be conducted at 10 a.m. (EST) on Sat., May 6, in Reardon Auditorium.
Rick Little has been working to improve conditions and prospects for children and youth for more than 20 years. Following an accident at the age of 19 that resulted in a broken back and nearly a year of rehabilitation, Little interviewed more than 2,000 young people nationwide about problems in their lives that were not being addressed in school. As a result, he convinced the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to grant him $133,000 to develop a program, entitled Quest, offering young people productive ways to face challenges. Today Quest International has extensive operations in South Africa, India, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and more than 20 other countries.
After 15 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Quest, Little joined the WK. Kellogg Foundation in 1989 as a consultant to create the International Youth Foundation (IYF). Today, IYF is among the world’s largest public foundations focused on discovering “what works” for young people. IYF concentrates efforts in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and recently began work in the United States. As President and CEO, Little mobilizes support of more than 160 major foundations, companies, and leaders on behalf of children and youth.
Little has served as a consultant to numerous foundations and international organizations including the World Health Organization, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. He served as the founding Chairman of the National Coalition for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse and is a Fellow of the Institute for Children, Youth and Families at Michigan State University.
In addition, he received numerous awards, including the Presidential Award of the International Association of Lions Clubs and recognized as one of the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1997, Little received the prestigious Robert W. Scrivner Award from the Council on Foundations (United States), in recognition for his risk-taking leadership and creativity in grant-making.
Other special ceremonies during AU’s graduation weekend include the university’s Master of Education hooding ceremony on Sat., May 6, at 12 noon in Reardon Auditorium, immediately followed by the Master of Business Administration hooding ceremony at 1 p.m.
The traditional pinning ceremony for nursing graduates will be Fri., May 5, in Byrum Hall at 6 p.m., followed by a reception at the School of Nursing located in Hartung Hall.
The Anderson School of Theology's senior recognition chapel will be Tuesday, April 25, at 11 a.m. in Miller Chapel. The School of Theology will conduct a hooding ceremony for 2000 graduates at that time. Nelson Kraybill, President of the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind., will be the featured speaker.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, liberal arts university of approximately 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the institution offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in theology, business, and education.