Anderson University Ready for Commencement May 7


Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University will hold its annual Commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. May 7 in the Kardatzke Wellness Center (KWC). This year’s ceremony will once again combine aspects of Baccalaureate and Commencement into one celebration.

“All of us here at AU are excited to congratulate our graduating Class of 2022 at our annual Commencement and Baccalaureate ceremony,”  said Anderson University President John S. Pistole.  “This is especially true in light of the challenges this class overcame as part of COVID protocols these last two years. We wish them well as they head out into careers and grad school as they strive to serve God by serving others.”

Dr. Priscilla Archangel will be the featured Commencement speaker. She is a new AU Board of Trustee member and is a seasoned executive coach, leadership and organizational development consultant, author, speaker, and teacher. Andrew Miller, the associate teaching pastor at Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis, will deliver the Baccalaureate address.

Three honorary degrees will be presented: one to the Honorable Judge Dennis Carroll, one to Mary Beth Chapman, and the other to Archangel. Judge Carroll is an alum, long time AU trustee, and Madison County senior judge. Chapman is an AU alumna and a bestselling author, speaker, and the wife of GRAMMY and Dove Award-winning recording artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, also an alum. 

“These seniors have persevered through a pandemic that made everything more difficult,” said Provost Dr. Joel D. Shrock. “In spite of the masks and quarantines, they completed all of their papers, finished their required courses, and fulfilled internships, clinicals, practicums, and student teaching. The graduating class of 2022 enters the world with grit and determination, prepared for vicissitudes of life. This year’s commencement will be a celebration of their accomplishments.”

There will not be a limit to the number of guests per graduate and masks will be optional. A livestream of the ceremony will be available online.

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.