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Summerlin to Address Schreiner Graduation

Commencement 2017

Schreiner University Chancellor Dr. Tim Summerlin, who is retiring after serving the school in several capacities for 18 years, will address the 92nd annual commencement exercises on Saturday, May 13.

Summerlin started with the school as provost in 1999, moved up to president in 2001, and became chancellor this past January.

Approximately 256 bachelor’s degrees and 24 master’s degrees will be presented. This is the university’s 34th baccalaureate graduation since it started conferring four-year degrees in 1984. Graduates who finished their coursework last summer, December or May are invited to participate.

The event will include a response by the class valedictorian, Sarah Nicole Wood, and the presentation of the Elmore Whitehurst Award for Excellence in Learning.

The graduation ceremony starts at 1:30 p.m. In the Event Center. Participation is by invitation only for graduates’ families and friends, but the proceedings will be live-streamed on the Internet.

Earlier Saturday, two Schreiner alumna, the Rev. Kristi Click Blankman and the Rev. Elaine Murray Dreeben, will deliver the sermon at the 10 a.m. baccalaureate service, also in the Event Center. Campus minister the Rev. Gini Norris-Lane and students active in campus ministry will lead the service, which is free to the public.

Between the two events, the Class of 2017 will gather on the steps of the Weir Building for the traditional class photo.

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