AU Announces Speakers and Honorees for Commencement 2018

Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University will honor distinguished alumni and friends on campus when it celebrates its 100th Commencement on Saturday, May 5.

Bishop Timothy J. Clarke will serve as the commencement speaker and will receive an honorary doctorate in divinity. Bishop Clarke is the senior pastor of First Church of God in Columbus, Ohio. Bishop Clarke has served in several leadership capacities with the National Association of the Church of God, on the boards of various community and political organizations, and is the author of seven books.

The Rev. Dr. Melissa Pratt BA ’91 will serve as the baccalaureate speaker. She has been the senior pastor of the Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot, West Virginia, since February 2007. In addition to her pastoral work, the Rev. Pratt is a conference and retreat speaker, preacher, and worship evangelist.

In addition to Clarke’s honorary degree, AU will award two honorary degrees in humane letters.

Dr. Todd R. Clear BA ’71 currently serves on faculty with the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University — Newark after previously serving as provost and interim chancellor. Clear has won several awards and served in multiple leadership roles in the field of criminal justice, and has authored or co-authored 12 books.

Margaret A. Lewis is the founder and president of Village Project Africa. She previously served as associate director of Tri-S at Anderson University. Her travels have taken her to more than 60 countries around the globe leading tour groups, volunteering at work camps, and visiting mission fields.

The Rev. Pratt will speak during the baccalaureate service at 10 a.m. in Reardon Auditorium on May 5. Bishop Clarke will speak and the honorary degrees will be awarded during commencement activities at 3 p.m. in Kardatzke Wellness Center. For more details and a full schedule, visit

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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