Fresno Pacific University to welcome more than 400 new graduates in December

More than 400 new graduates are scheduled to take part in the Fresno Pacific University December 2016 commencement.

The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 16, 2016, in Selland Arena, 700 M St., Fresno. The speaker will be author and preacher R. Scott Rodin, Ph.D., whose presentation will be titled “Choosing the Impossible.”

In all, an estimated 291 students from the bachelor’s degree completion plan will graduate, along with 53 from the traditional undergraduate program. The 90 graduate students will include one from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. Graduates come from the main Fresno campus, as well as regional campuses in Merced, North Fresno, Visalia and Bakersfield.

Rodin is president of three organizations: Rodin Consulting, Inc.; Kingdom Life Publishing; and The Steward’s Journey. Over 32 years, he has written and taught on the steward leader and non-profit effectiveness, counseling over 100 colleges, seminaries, schools, churches, para-church ministries and other not-for-profit organizations in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain. His experience in leadership, fundraising, strategic planning, board development, change management and organizational effectiveness includes leading three successful organizational mergers. Rodin’s 13 books include The Steward Leader, The Seventh Key, The Sower, The Third Conversion, Stewards in the Kingdom and Evil and Theodicy in the Theology of Karl Barth. Senior fellow of the Association of Biblical Higher Education and past chair of the Evangelical Environmental Network and ChinaSource, Rodin served as president of Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Christian Stewardship Association. His Master of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy are from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He and wife Linda reside in Spokane, WA.

Also on the platform will be Richard Kriegbaum, Ph.D., president of FPU; Donald Griffith, chair of the board of trustees; Dale Simmons, Ph.D., interim senior vice president/provost; and others. Music will be provided by the university Symphonic Band, Concert Choir and music professor Walter Saul, D.M.A., organ.

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