CCU's Commencement Ceremony Recognizes 377 New Alumni

  • Dr. Jerry White, keynote speaker at 2011 Commencement Ceremony
Colorado Christian University kicked off the month of May with its annual commencement ceremony for graduates of the College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies. In total, 377 candidates were recognized on May 7 at the ceremony attended by nearly 3,000 family members and guests and held at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Dr. Jerry White -- author, scientist, retired U.S. Air Force officer, and president emeritus of worldwide parachurch ministry The Navigators -- offered this year's keynote address. Delivering practical life lessons from the stage, he peppered each with witty humor that tickled the crowd and helped his advice stick.

"Work is a holy calling, a noble calling, and an incredible opportunity to advance the kingdom of God," he argued. Christ-followers spend a majority of their lives in the workplace, just like everyone else, and their witness for Christianity is often judged less by their evangelistic efforts and more by their professional quality and character. The implication: Work has Kingdom impact, in and of itself, so do it well.

The University presented Dr. White onstage with an honorary doctorate of humanities, and likewise honored Jane Norton, the 46th lieutenant governor of Colorado, only the third woman in history to hold that office.

In a special ceremony immediately following, ROTC graduates Cole Johnson and Adam Mueller were commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Army.

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