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OAKWOOD UNIVERSITY

2019 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

Von Braun Center Propst Arena HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA


OAKWOOD UNIVERSITY

MISSION • VISION • VALUES OAKWOOD MISSION The mission of Oakwood University, a historically black, Seventh-day Adventist institution, is to transform students through biblically-based education for service to God and humanity.

OAKWOOD VISION Oakwood University graduates leaders in service to God and humanity.

OAKWOOD VALUES Respect: Oakwood esteems others as worthy of human dignity, regard, and service. Compassion: Oakwood manifests sympathy, empathy, care and concern in our dealings with others. Integrity: Oakwood demonstrates honesty, uprightness, moral virtue, and ethical rectitude in every relationship. Excellence: Oakwood makes the personal and collective decision to perform at our highest capacity and to continually improve in our work and service. Service: Oakwood chooses to provide assistance, aid, help, caring, outreach and ministry in response to human need. Innovation: Oakwood will break with precedent in the advancement of institutional mission by embracing new methods and introducing major changes. Collaboration: Oakwood commits to integrated planning, internal and external partnering, and collegial action designed to build community and advance our mission.

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OAKWOOD UNIVERSITY

COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES Spring 2019

EVENT

DAY/TIME

LOCATION

SPEAKER

Education Teacher Dedication Ceremony

Thursday, May 9 10:00 a.m.

Moseley Complex C.T. Richards Chapel

Tree Planting/Senior Class

Thursday, May 9 1:30 p.m.

Unity Pond

Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Thursday, May 9 3:00 p.m.

Moseley Complex C.T. Richards Chapel

Linda Chester

Nutrition and Dietetics Pinning Ceremony

Thursday, May 9 5:00 p.m.

E. A. Cooper Science Complex 1 Nutrition & Dietetics Lab

Nadine Daly-Dowdie

LEAP Senior Ceremony

Thursday, May 9 6:00 p.m.

McKee B&T Complex C-100 Auditorium

Dana Williams

Religion Dedication Service

Thursday, May 9 7:00 p.m.

Moseley Complex C.T. Richards Chapel

Brenda Billingy

Social Work Pinning Ceremony

Friday, May 10 11:00 a.m.

Moseley Complex C.T. Richards Chapel

Monique Elliott

Senior Reception

Friday, May 10 12:30 p.m.

Garland J. Millet Activity Center

Consecration

Friday, May 10 8:00 p.m.

Oakwood University Church

Sabbath School

Saturday, May 11 9:15 a.m.

Von Braun Center Propst Arena

Baccalaureate

Saturday, May 11 10:45 a.m.

Von Braun Center Propst Arena

Aeolians Mini-Concert

Saturday, May 11 7:00 p.m.

Von Braun Center Propst Arena

Vespers

Saturday, May 11 7:30 p.m.

Von Braun Center Propst Arena

David Richardson, Jr.

Commencement

Saturday, May 11 8:00 p.m.

Von Braun Center Propst Arena

Gregory Mathis

Colwick M. Wilson, Ph.D.

Eurydice Osterman, D.M.A.

Grand Marshal

Organist

Jason Max Ferdinand, D.M.A.

Wayne Bucknor, D.M.A.

Choral Director

Accompanist

Jean Buller

Richard Martin

Anthony Medley

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God First!


CLASS OF 2019 AIM “To go beyond our call, touching the untouchable and reaching our dreams.” MOTTO “Never give up. What you plant now will harvest later, for an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” SCRIPTURE “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid: do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9, NKJV ~ COLORS Royal Blue and Kelly Green

OFFICERS President: Elizabeth Hardy Vice President: Subirah Hendrickson Treasurer: Briana S. Marshall Secretary: Anaise Nicolas Chaplain: Andre Ellis Social Coordinator: Sabrina Leo Public Relations Coordinator: Jo Paul Scavella Sergeant-at-Arms: Jasmin Ayivor Parliamentarian: Elijah Hill

SPONSORS Camille Kibler, M.Ed. Raymond King, III

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Leslie N. Pollard, Ph.D., D.Min., M.B.A. At this the 110th graduation service of Oakwood University, I have enjoyed watching your joyous faces beam with that unique sense of accomplishment known only to those who have struggled, persevered, and succeeded. Graduates, in looking at you, I do not see ordinary sons and daughters of  Oakwood University.  Rather, I believe that I am looking into the extraordinary faces of a powerful generation of future ministers, nurses, educators, psychologists, dietitians, historians, physicians, chemists, scientific researchers, engineers, business leaders, journalists, musicians, missionaries, linguists, mathematicians and social workers, and all the special majors that your class represents. And why should we expect any less of you, Class of 2019?  You have chosen as your class aim the mission of going beyond your call, touching the untouchable and reaching your dreams.  Your rousing aspiration reminds me of one of my favorite speeches, delivered in 1923 at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, by the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. In his timeless soliloquy, President Roosevelt memorialized the tough-minded servants of progress and their commitment to unrelenting struggle and victory.  In the language of the times, he spoke of “The Man in the Arena,” declaring: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Class of 2019, great accomplishment will expose you to both victory and defeat. To touch the untouchable will require from you the arenas persistence, doggedness, resilience, and ferocity -- equal in degree of difficulty to the enormity of the challenges you choose. Victory will require long nights, and wearying days. You will be in the arena where great accomplishment may leave scars borne of sacrifice. I can tell you from my limited personal experience—on the completed side of lofty accomplishment comes a satisfaction that no words can fully describe. The sweet torture of the struggle that you have chosen will bring glory to God and satisfaction to your soul.  Your powerful motto is absolutely true: “Never give up. What you plant now you will harvest later, for an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”  May your interest be compounded and enjoyed richly in years to come. As you say goodbye to these years of your journey, be assured that consistent with your motto, your investment will yield a substantial return. It already has, and it always will! I am very pleased to congratulate you on this the biggest day of your academic career. Your hard work has been rewarded and Oakwood University now celebrates your persistence, tenacity, and focus. As we bid you adieu, know that the experience and education that you have earned at Oakwood will fit you for life’s great opportunities.   Each of you has made your God, your family, your friends, our faculty, staff, and administrators, and especially your Alma Mater, proud! Congratulations!

Leslie N. Pollard, Ph.D., D.Min., M.B.A. President


MESSAGE FROM THE PROVOST AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Colwick M. Wilson,

Ph.D.

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2019! You entered Oakwood University armed with a commitment to excellence and service to your God and others. Along the way, you have established new friendships, learned new ways of engaging difficult issues, renewed your commitment to God, and have successfully completed all the requirements for the degree that you will be awarded during this weekend. It is clear from your selected motto that you learned to “Never give up” because “… What you plant now will harvest later, for an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” This is not an ordinary accomplishment! Rather, it highlights the indisputable fact that young men and women matriculating at Oakwood University -- with the support of parents/guardians, family, friends, classmates, teachers and staff -- can set and accomplish their life goals. As you depart to serve, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid: do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Remember as you pursue your next professional challenge to enjoy and celebrate the gift of life with all its complexities. Go touch ‘the untouchable’ and change your world. Take the words of Maya Angelou with you: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Don’t allow any distraction to interrupt the flow of God’s blessings in your life and ministry. Again, celebrate this significant moment in your life’s journey, and congratulations to each of you and your family.

Colwick M. Wilson, Ph.D. Provost and Senior Vice President

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SCHOOL OF EDUCATION TEACHER DEDICATION CEREMONY

JEAN BULLER,

Ed.D., M.A.

Dr. Jean Buller has dedicated her life to teaching. For 31 years she has been educating teachers at Pacific Union College (PUC). For 12 of those years, she served as chair of the Education Department. Prior to her tenure at PUC, she taught in elementary classrooms throughout Northern California. Her year of teaching high school in Belize as a student missionary inspired her to enter the profession. Buller brings an abundance of experience to her work having taught at every level and every subject from pre-school to master’s degree level coursework. She holds both Seventh-day Adventist and California certification to teach elementary, middle school, and high school. She holds a specialist credential in reading-language arts. Her areas of expertise are reading, writing, science, and writing curriculum for gifted and talented students. Jean is an educator who understands the importance of maintaining one’s craft. This philosophy is the reason she continues to teach high school science and writing classes part-time in the K-12 setting. She enthusiastically participates with her community, singing in the Kindred Hearts Ensemble, writing children’s books, and hosting tea parties. She enjoys literature, gardening, and travel. Jean has one son, Michael, who is also a teacher and coach. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Mark, two dogs and two cats.

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EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TEACHER DEDICATION CEREMONY Moseley Complex, C.T. Richards Chapel | Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 10:00 A.M.

Processional........................................................................“Grand Processional”....................................Eurydice V. Osterman, D.M.A. Invocation................................................................................................................................................................ Colwick Wilson, Ph.D .  Provost and Senior Vice President Welcome and Remarks.............................................................................................................Leslie N. Pollard, Ph.D., D.Min., M.B.A.

President, Oakwood University

Occasion...........................................................................................................................................................................Deril Wood, Ph.D

Chair, Department of Education

Selection......................................................................................................................................................................................Shani Smith Elementary Education, Class of 2019 Awards...........................................................................................................................................................................Sean Williams, Ed.S  Assistant Professor, Education  Donaldson Williams, Ph.D.



Assistant Professor, Education



Assistant Professor, Education

Dana Wilchcombe, Ph.D.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2019 Education Department Service Award Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society Introduction of Speaker..................................................................................................................................................Deril Wood, Ph.D.



Chair, Education

Homily...............................................................................................................................................................................Jean Buller, Ed.D.

Chair, Department of Education, Pacific Union

Class Response.................................................................................................................................................................Waynetta Gordon

Secondary Education, Class 2019

Presentation of the Class of 2019......................................................................................................................Jeannette R. Dulan, Ph.D.



Professor, Education

Presentation of Medallions........................................................................................................................................Olivia Beverly, Ph.D.



Associate Professor, Education



Assistant Professor, Education

Marilyn Schenck, M.S.

Passing the Torch.......................................................................................................................................................................Cicely Jervis

President, Education Club, Secondary Education

Benediction..........................................................................................................................................................David Richardson, Ed.D.

 Vice President, Mission, Enrollment Services, and Retention

Recessional........................................................................“March Triumphant.......................................Eurydice V. Osterman, D.M.A.

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NURSING PINNING CEREMONY SPEAKER

LINDA CHESTER,

M.S.N., R.N.

Linda Lorretta Chester was born in Georgetown, Guyana, and migrated to the United States with her family in July of 1983, at the age of 16. Her mother, the late Evelyn Eugene Chester fulfilled a desire to attend Oakwood, and Linda followed right along with her. In May of 1987, mother and daughter graduated together from the Oakwood College nursing program. Linda has worked at the Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland, as well as the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook, New York. It was during this time that she returned to school and received her BSN in May of 2000. She later returned to Huntsville Hospital where she originally started in January of 1989. Her love for medical-surgical nursing has kept her on the Family Practice unit, where she has served as a staff nurse, admissions nurse, coach, and charge nurse. As God would have it, she met her new friend and mentor Dr. Yolanda Smith, who encouraged Linda to further her education. She enrolled at Southern Adventist University and graduated in May of 2014 with her Master’s in Nursing Education. In August of 2014 she joined the Oakwood University faculty as an adjunct professor. Linda continues to work full time at Huntsville Hospital as a Clinical Education Specialist. Her motto throughout her career has been: “Treat everyone as if they are family.” She continues to lead by example in her field, and inspires others to fall in love with the best profession in the world. Linda feels that bedside nursing and teaching are truly her calling and passion. What brings Linda the most joy is the blessing of being a mother to her only child, Dr. Terri Griffith, who resides in Baltimore, Maryland.

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NURSING PINNING CEREMONY Moseley Complex, C.T. Richards Chapel | Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 3:00 P.M. Prelude........................................................................................................................................................Eurydice V. Osterman, D.M.A. Processional.......................................................................“Gloria”..........................................................Eurydice V. Osterman, D.M.A. Invocation.............................................................................................................................................................Gabrielle Violet Watson

Class of 2019

Scripture.............................................................................................................................................................Cellanda Dumay (French)  Malisha McHayle (English)  Karina Sebastian (Spanish)

 Class of 2019

Welcome....................................................................................................................................Leslie N. Pollard, Ph.D., D.Min., M.B.A.

President, Oakwood University

Opening of Ceremony......................................................................................................................Karen Anderson, Ph.D., RN, C.N.E. 

Chair, Nursing

Music................................................................................................................................................Ashley Allard & Princeton Meredith  Class of 2019 Introduction of Speaker.................................................................................................................................................LaLique Simmons  Class of 2019 Pinning Address.........................................................................................................................................Linda L. Chester, M.S.N., R.N. 

Family Practice & General Medicine Clinical Education Specialist

Response.....................................................................................................................................................................Dominique Williams

Class of 2019

Pinning Service............................................................................................................................................Nursing Department Faculty The Gideons International Nightingale Pledge.............................................................................................................................................Udell Darville, MSN, RN

Nursing Advisory Council, President

Consecration Prayer................................................................................................................................................Kimberly Mann, M.A.



Chaplain, Office of Spiritual Life and Missions

Consecration Hymn..............................................“Take My Life and Let it Be”......................................Graduating Class & Audience Claudia Mooney Award.......................................................................................................................................Risë Lowery, Ph.D., R.N.



Assistant Professor

Nursing Awards....................................................................................................................................Jillian Wills, M.S.N., R.N., C.N.E. Associate Professor, Nursing Benediction..................................................................................................................................................................................Jalisa Wells

Class of 2019

Recessional......................................................................“Voluntary in C”...............................................Eurydice V. Osterman, D.M.A.

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NUTRITION AND DIETETICS PINNING CEREMONY SPEAKER

NADINE DALY-DOWDIE,

M.P.H, RDN

Nadine Dowdie is the new Director for the Diadactic Program in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. She was born in Lewisham, England, and has also lived in Jamaica, stayed in Korea, and lived in several areas of the United States. During her formative years, her dream was always to combine health with nutrition, and educate the public in simple ways. She graduated from Oakwood University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, and a minor in Biology. Still wanting to know more about Health and Nutrition, she enrolled at Loma Linda University, and from there also graduated with a Masters in Public Health, Health Promotion and Education, with an emphasis in Nutrition. When she stepped out into the world of work, her career choices were varied: hospitals, schools, health departments, community clinics, and military bases, for both in-patient and out-patient. Since then she has worked as a Contract Nutritionist, Contract Dietitian, WIC and Breastfeeding Coordinator, Diabetes Educator, Tele-wellness Nutritionist, Clinical Dietitian, Manager, and Nutrition Instructor. The population served included all ages, from infants to seniors. She loves the field of Health and Nutrition, which brings with it a rainbow of experiences. Throughout her career she has threaded information on Diabetes Education into every aspect of her work, for it is one of her long term passions. Dowdie hopes to share such passions and more. In this way she’ll be able to empower students to be equipped, and ready to meet the growing demands of the workforce, and become as passionate as she is about the field of Health and Nutrition.

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NUTRITION AND DIETETICS DIDACTIC PROGRAM IN DIETETICS PINNING CEREMONY  E.A. COOPER COMPLEX 1, NUTRITION & DIETETICS LAB Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 5:00 p.m.

Invocation…...……………………………………………………………………………………… Juliana Draper, B.S., RDN  Administrative Coordinator, Dietetic Internship Program Welcome & Remarks.…………………………………………………………………Leslie N. Pollard, Ph.D., D.Min., M.B.A.

President, Oakwood University

Joycelyn Peterson, Dr.P.H.

Interim Chair, Nutrition and Dietetics

Introduction to Slide Show………………………………………………………………………………………Timothy Liggins

Class of 2019

Class of 2019 Reflection…………………………………….………………………………………………………… Graduates Keynote Speaker ……………………………………………………………………………Nadine Daly-Dowdie, M.P.H., RDN 

Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics

Pinning Ceremony

Family Appreciation and Remarks……………………………………………………………………… Lisa Dalrymple, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics

Pinning…………………………………………………………………………………… Nadine Daly-Dowdie, M.P.H., RDN

Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics

Prayer of Consecration…………………………………………………………………………… Karen Benn Marshall, Ed.D. 

Interim Dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions

Closing Prayer……………………………………………………………………………………………………………Eli Marin

Class of 2019

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LEADERSHIP EDUCATION FOR ADULT PROFESSIONALS (LEAP) SENIOR CEREMONY SPEAKER

DANA WILLIAMS,

M.B.A.

Dana Williams, born and reared in Kansas City, Kansas, received her formative education in both public and private school systems. She attended at Oakwood College, as a Biology major and Chemistry minor. As the youngest of six children, tuition for her education was a heavy burden for Dana’s mother, so she left Oakwood after two years of study. However, she vowed to complete her degree when she could do it on her own. Dana returned to Oakwood 13 years later, became an employee at Oakwood, and fulfilled her vow. She is a proud graduate of the Oakwood University LEAP Program where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management. The education received at Oakwood set the foundation and lit a fire in her to further her studies. She now holds a MBA from the University of Phoenix. With over 15 years’ experience in academia and healthcare, Dana has put her education into practice. She was the Research Data Coordinator for the Childhood Asthma Management Program (CAMP) at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she provided data for the randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial. She moved to sunny Florida, where she was a Research Clinical Compliance Coordinator for AdventHealth Cancer Center. In this role, she reviewed protocols and drafted patient consent forms for various cancer research clinical trials. She was an adjunct professor in the Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences, and she is currently the Program Admissions Coordinator for the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice program and Graduate Non-Degree studies at AdventHealth University. Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve are not just words on the bricks entering and exiting the Oakwood University campus. Dana has lived it in being of service to others. Her belief in civil rights and equal justice for all pushed her to become a member of the SCLC/WOMEN’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now, Inc. A true believer of Christian education, she was a board member for the V. Lindsey SDA school in Kansas, and frequently contributes tuition funds for Forest Lake Academy and Forest Lake Education Center students. She has donated weekend time to volunteer as a baby cuddler in the NICU at AdventHealth and serves in the hospital’s food pantry. She frequently packs meals for hungry children and disaster victims through the Feeding Children Everywhere organization. Dana’s biggest accomplishment is being the proud mother of her adult son Chandler. As an animal lover, she also has two fur babies, Nate and Mason.

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LEADERSHIP EDUCATION FOR ADULT PROFESSIONALS (LEAP) SENIOR CEREMONY McKee Business & Technology complex, Committee of 100 Auditorium Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. Opening Prayer………………………………………………………………………………….………...……Gloria Bell, Ph.D. 

Academic Advisor, LEAP

Welcome & Remarks…………………………………………..………………………Leslie N. Pollard, Ph.D., D.Min., M.B.A.  

President, Oakwood University

Colwick Wilson, Ph.D.

Provost and Senior Vice President

Greetings…………………………………………………………………………………..Ellengold Goodridge, M.A.Ed., AET

Director, Adult & Continuing Education/LEAP

Special Music……………………………………………………………………………………………..............Lyndon Carriger



Christian Recording Artist

Presentation of Medals………………………………………………………………….....Ellengold Goodridge, M.A.Ed., AET

Director, Adult & Continuing Education/LEAP Church Leadership

Gilbert Ojwang, Ph.D.

Chair, Religion and Theology

General Psychology Martin Hodnett, Psy.D. Chair, Psychological Sciences Information Technology

Lisa James, Ph.D.

Chair, Math/Computer Science Organizational Management/General Studies

Theodore Brown, Ph.D.

Chair, Business/Information Systems

Introduction of Speaker………………………………………………….……………………………………Alicia Juzang, B.S.  Computer Statistical Analyst, LEAP Charge…………………………………………………………………….….………………………… Dana Williams, M.B.A.

Program Admissions Coordinator Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program and Graduate Non-Degree Studies at Advent Health University Adult and Continuing Education/LEAP Alumnus

Alumni Presentation………………………………….……..…………………..…………………….……Emile Parker, M.B.A. 

Director of Alumni Relations

Special Presentations…………………………………………………………………….………………Tracy Thompson, MSW 

Program Manager, LEAP

Closing Prayer………………………………………………….………………………….…………… Deborah Claborn, M.A.

Admissions Coordinator, LEAP

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SCHOOL OF RELIGION DEDICATION SERVICE SPEAKER

Brenda Billingy,

M.A.

Pastor Brenda Evril Langford Billingy is an associate director for the Ministerial Department of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (SDA). Her focus is to serve women clergy, and to support and mentor younger women called by God to be pastors in North America.   Billingy is the youngest of eight children born to Gladys and Lenny Langford, on the Island of Trinidad, West Indies.  She received a pre-professional degree from Caribbean Union College at the age of 18, and then migrated to the United States where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Columbia Union College, and a Master’s degree in Education from Howard University.  After she was ordained as a local elder in 1995, Billingy’s life began to change dramatically. Serving in that capacity allowed her to discover the special gifts of speech, counseling and encouragement that God has graciously bestowed upon her. She promised the Lord that when her children were enrolled in college, she would devote all of her time and attention to His purpose for her life. This decision led her to return to Columbia Union College in 1998 to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Religion.  Upon graduation she was hired by the Allegheny East Conference as the Associate Pastor of the Metropolitan SDA Church in Hyattsville, Maryland. Billingy later served as the Senior Pastor of the Bladensburg SDA Church for four years before returning to the Metropolitan SDA Church as the Senior Pastor. She retired from the Allegheny East Conference in September 2015.  Ministry assignments include the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Trinidad, St. Croix, Jamaica, and Africa. Billingy has also had the honor of preaching the Word for the General Conference Session in 2010. Pastor Billingy has been married to her husband Edsel for over 40 years. They are blessed with two wonderful daughters who are the joy and pride of their lives: Rhonda (son-in-law Marquis) and Shana.  Her hobbies include reading, creative writing, tennis, swimming and skiing.  Her goal is to perform earthly ministry with a heavenly mindset, and her desire is to be known as a “humble vessel willing to be used by God.”

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SCHOOL OF RELIGION DEDICATION SERVICE Moseley Complex, C.T. Richards Chapel | Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.

Processional....................................................................“God of Our Fathers”.....................................Eurydice V. Osterman, D.M.A. Invocation..............................................................................................................................................................Trevor Fraser, D. Min.

 Associate Professor, Religion and Theology

Welcome and Remarks..........................................................................................................Leslie N. Pollard, Ph.D., D.Min., M.B.A.

President, Oakwood University

Occasion.................................................................................................................................................................Agniel Samson, Th.D.

Interim Dean, School of Religion

Homily.....................................................................................................................................................................Brenda Billingy, M.A.

Associate Director, Ministerial Department  North American Division

Music.......................................................................................................................................................................................Louis Cleare

 Vocal Performance and Pedagogy Major

Class Response................................................................................................................................................................Hastings Newbil 

President, Religion and Theology Forum

Pinning....................................................................................................................................................................Ifeoma Kwesi, D.Min.  Associate Professor, Religion and Theology

Dedication Ceremony...................................................................................................................................School of Religion Faculty Charge....................................................................................................................................................................Gilbert Ojwang, Ph.D.



Chair, Religion and Theology

Benediction......................................................................................................................................................Finbar Benjamin, D.Min.

 Associate Professor, Religion and Theology

Recessional..............................................................“Onward Christian Soldiers”................................Eurydice V. Osterman, D.M.A.



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SOCIAL WORK PINNING CEREMONY SPEAKER

VONZOLLA MONIQUE ELLIOTT,

LCSW, LMSW

As CEO of her consulting company, Vonzolla Monique Elliott consults with other professionals, individuals, and organizations to increase their capacity for exploring their full potential. Monique, as she is passionately called, has used her talents in several positive ways throughout her life. She has worked in schools providing therapy for students and instruction for staff as District Trainer of Positive Behavior and Supports, Restorative Practices and Multi-Cultural Transformation. In 1992, Monique received her BSW degree from Oakwood University and, in 1993, her MSW degree from Walla Walla University. Monique then went on to become a Certified Family Therapist in Spokane, Washington, in 1995, and eventually a Certified School Social Worker at LSU of Shreveport, Louisiana, in 2002. Monique is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Executive Life Coach, Consultant Founder/Chief Executive Officer - S.A.V.Y. (Success Achieved when Visioned by You), LLC and Savy Counseling Services LLC, Published Author, and Motivational Speaker. Monique Elliott is married to Pastor Kenneth Elliott. Together they enjoy spending time with their adult children and grandchildren. Monique has served as Assistant Women’s Ministry Director of Southwest Region Conference and Area Women’s Coordinator. Currently, she is an elder in her local church.

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SOCIAL WORK PINNING CEREMONY Moseley Complex, C.T. Richards Chapel | Friday, May 10, 2019 | 11:00 a.m.

Processional…………………………………………………“Paean”…………………………. Eurydice V. Osterman, D.M.A. Invocation.………………………………………………………………………………………………… George Ashley, Ph.D.

Professor, Social Work

Welcome……………………………………………………………………………… Leslie N. Pollard, Ph.D., D.Min., M.B.A.

President, Oakwood University

Tribute to Parents……….……………………………………………………………………………………… Jodianne Gilling

Class of 2019

Tribute to Field Instructors……………………..……………….…………………………………………………… Neal Fudge

Class of 2019

Scripture Reading……..……………………………………………………………………………………… Queanna Osborne

Class of 2019

Introduction of Speaker………………………………………………………………… Shalunda Sherrod, DSW, LICSW, PIP

Assistant Professor, Social Work

Special Music…………………………………...………………………………………………………………… ShaDonna Bell

Class of 2019

Speaker………………………...………………………….………………………… Vonzolla Monique Elliott, LCSW, LMSW

Founder/Chief Executive Officer, S.A.V.Y., LLC

Pinning Ceremony………………………………………...………………………………Octavio Ramirez, Ph.D., LICSW, PIP Chair, Social Work

Social Work Charge…………………………………………………………………………………………Lorraine Frye, MSW

Assistant Professor, Social Work

Acceptance of the Charge………………………………………..……………………………………… Vincent Adam Turner

Class of 2019

Closing Remarks………………………………………………………………………………………James Mbyirukira, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Education and Social Sciences

Prayer of Dedication…………………………………………...…………………………………………Howard Weems, Ph.D.

Special Assistant to the President, Ellen G. White Estate

Recessional…………………………………………………“Ode to Joy”..………………………Eurydice V. Osterman, D.M.A.

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PRESIDENTIAL RECEPTION FOR THE 2019 OAKWOOD UNIVERSITY GRADUATES

Garland J. Millet Activity Center

| Friday, May 10, 2019 | 12:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

Master of Ceremony……………………………………………………………………………………David Richardson, Ed.D.

Vice President for Mission, Enrollment Services, and Retention

Opening Prayer…………………………………………………………………………………………………..Justin Thornton

President, United Student Movement, Class of 2019

Welcome/The Occasion………………………………………………………………Leslie N. Pollard, Ph.D., D.Min., M.B.A. 

President, Oakwood University

Prudence L. Pollard, Ph.D., M.P.H., SPHR  Vice President, Research and Faculty Development Special Music……………………………………………………………………………………Aeolians (Graduating Seniors) My Oakwood Story……………………………………………………………………………….Oakwood University Students Graduates Remembered……………………………………………….….……………………………………...Elizabeth Hardy 

President, Class of 2019

Blessing of the Meal………………………………………………………………………………… Colwick M. Wilson, Ph.D.

Provost and Senior Vice President

~ DINNER IS SERVED ~ Graduate’s Pledge……………………………………..………………………………………………………David Knight, M.A.

Vice President for Student Services

Closing Prayer. ..…………………………………………………………………………………………Andrew Pileggi, M.Div.  Senior Chaplain, Spiritual Life and Missions

~ Graduate Gifts will be distributed upon departure ~

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CONSECRATION SPEAKER

RICHARD D. MARTIN,

M.Div.

A native of Tampa, Florida, Pastor Richard Martin is a product of Christian education, graduating as valedictorian of his class in 2007 from Pine Forge Academy. He later graduated cum laude from Oakwood University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology in 2012, and from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University with a Master of Divinity in 2014. Pastor Martin’s life has been positively and permanently affected by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Since accepting the call to ministry as a sophomore in high school, God has afforded him the opportunity to proclaim the Gospel nationally and internationally. In 2011, he was honored with Oakwood University’s Moseley-Warren Homiletics Award. In 2012, he was inducted into the Academy of Preachers, and was one of the first three Seventh-day Adventists to preach at the Academy’s National Festival of Young Preachers. Pastor Martin served as Associate Pastor of the Emmanuel-Brinklow Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ashton, Maryland, from February 2015 to March 2017. Currently, is the senior pastor of the New Life Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hampton, Virginia. His greatest joys in ministry are witnessing people come to that “Aha!” moment, when Jesus becomes all the world to them, and partnering with them as they grow in their relationship with God. While touring the island of Bermuda with the Oakwood University Aeolians, Pastor Martin’s eyes rested on a most precious rose, named Kylah. Their friendship blossomed into something beautiful and they were married on February 8, 2015. He considers his “Bermudaful” wife to be a resplendent gift of superlative value. In his words, “She is one of God’s gifts of grace to me.” Pastor Martin is the author of Grace 101: Heaven’s Healing for Human Hearts and Ordered Steps: A Guide to Knowing God’s Will for Your Life. He writes regularly on his blog (www.richdmartin.com) and contributes to various publications including Message Magazine and the Adventist Review. One of his favorite scripture passages, Ephesians 2:8-9, says: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Pastor Martin’s life motto is: It is better to live in the will of God and be questioned by men, than to live in the will of men and be questioned by God.

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CONSECRATION Oakwood University Church | Friday, May 10, 2019 | 8:00 P.M.

Processional..........................................................“Festal March”......................................................Eurydice V. Osterman, D.M.A. Invcocation..........................................................................................................................................................Agniel Samson, Th.D. Interim Dean, School of Religion

Welcome...........................................................................................................................................................................JoPaul Scavella Public Relations, Class of 2019

Hymn #334................................................Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing............................................Stephen Murphy, M.M. Assistant Professor, Music

“My Oakwood Story”...............................................................................................................................................Video Presentation Introduction of Speaker...........................................................................................................................................................Elijah Hill Parliamentarian, Class of 2019

Music..........................................................................................................................................................................Class of 2019 Choir “My Oakwood Story”...............................................................................................................................................Video Presentation Address.........................................................................................................................................................Richard D.Martin, M.Div. 

Senior Pastor, New Life SDA Church, Hampton, Virginia

Response...............................................................................................................................................................Subirah Hendrickson

Vice President, Class of 2019

Prayer of Consecration....................................................................................................................................Andrew Pileggi, M.Div.

Senior Chaplain, Spiritual Life and Missions

Benediction.....................................................................................................................................................................Jasmine Ayivor

Sergeant-at-Arms, Class of 2019

Recessional...................................................................“Marche Pontificale”.....................................Eurydice V. Osterman, D.M.A.

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SABBATH SCHOOL Von Braun Center Propst Arena | Sabbath, May 11, 2019 | 9:15 A.M.

Superintendents..........................................................................J. Preston Willis, Camille M. Kibler, M.Ed. and Raymond King 

Class of 2019 and Senior Class Sponsors

Hymn #457.................................................................”I Love to Tell The Story”.............................................................Marissa Wright 

Class of 2019

Opening Prayer........................................................................................................................................................Christopher Driver 

Adult and Continuing Education/LEAP, Class of 2019

Scripture.......................................................................Daniel 7:24-26, NIV.......................................................................Sabrina Leo



Social Coordinator, Class of 2019

Welcome................................................................................................................................................................Dyansi Ward-Mayers 

Adult and Continuing Education/LEAP, Class of 2019

Music...................................................................................................................................................................................Patrick Bogui  Mr. Oakwood, 2018-19, Class of 2019 Remarks.....................................................................................................................J. Preston Willis and Camille M. Kibler, M.Ed. 

Class of 2019 and Senior Class Sponsor

Mission Emphasis................................................................................................................................................................Gerald Estel

MAPS, Class of 2019

Lesson Study……….................................................“The Change of the Law”.........................................................Dean Lashington MAPS, Class of 2019



Ivor Myers

Adult and Continuing Education/LEAP, Class of 2019 Rashid R. Taylor MAPS, Class of 2019

J. Preston Willis Class of 2019

Offering..........................................................................................................................................................Freddie Williams Jenkins

MAPS, Class of 2019

Testimonial..............................................................................................................................................................................Earl White 

Adult and Continuing Education/LEAP, Class of 2019

Closing Remarks........................................................................................................................J. Preston Willis and Raymond King 

Class of 2019 and Senior Class Sponsor

Hymn #248....................................................................“O How I Love Jesus”...............................................................Marissa Wright  Class of 2019 Closing Prayer.................................................................................................................................................................Wenona Brown

Adult and Continuing Education/LEAP, Class 2019

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Baccalaureate Speaker

ANTHONY MEDLEY

D.Min., M.Div.

Dr. Anthony A. Medley is currently the Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Brinklow SDA Church. He is a graduate of Pine Forge Academy and Oakwood University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theology. He also attended the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, where he earned a Masters of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry. He is a certified pre-marriage and marriage counselor with Pre/Enrich. Dr. Medley has an extensive background of over 30 years in ministry. He has served as Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor, Conference Youth Director, College Chaplain, Vice President of Student Services, Adjunct Faculty, Police Chaplain, and Senior Pastor. His passion is to help people grow holistically toward Christian maturity. Dr. Medley is also a certified martial arts instructor. Through his research, he has developed and taught a specialized curriculum called, “Developing Youth Through Spiritual and Physical Disciplines,” for high school students, which transforms practitioners from the “Martial May” to the Christian way of living. With more than 20 years’ experience as an instructor, he believes that fighting skills are most effective when anchored in self-discipline. He continues to teach this holistic approach of self-defense and self-development in private practice, and for religious groups and organizations. Dr. Medley enjoys establishing and developing church ministries, preaching, and spiritual enrichment activities. He also enjoys sports; he is an avid reader, and a fish aquarium hobbyist. He is married to his high school sweetheart, India (Pinkney) Medley, PhD, and their union has been blessed with two adult children, Mylon and Anthony II. His Biblical world view is shaped by Romans 12:1,2: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – This is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world but, be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

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BACCALAUREATE Von Braun Center Propst Arena | Sabbath, May 11, 2019 | 10:45 A.M. Processional……………………………“The War March of the Priests”……………………………. Felix Mendelssohn Invocation………………………………………………………………………………… Manuel Moral, D.Min., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Religion and Theology

Hymn #341………………………………”To God Be The Glory” .……………..…….………. Audley Chambers, Ph.D.



Associate Professor, Music

Welcome………………………………………………………………………Leslie N. Pollard, Ph.D., D.Min., M.B.A.

President, Oakwood University

Associate Pastor, Oakwood University Church

Class of 2019

Toussaint Williams, Ph.D. Georges LaBranche

Music…………………………………………………………………………………………………………........Aeolians “My Oakwood Story”……………………………………………………………………………….....Video Presentation Offertory………………………………………………………………………………….......................Jeffery Johnson, Jr

Class of 2019

“My Oakwood Story”……………………………………………………………………………….....Video Presentation Scripture………………………………………Joshua 1:9, NKJV……………………………………… Briana Marshall Treasurer, Class of 2019 Pablo Martinez Rodriquez (Spanish)

Class of 2019

Anaise Nicolas (Creole) Secretary, Class of 2019

Music………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Aeolians Introduction of Speaker…………………………………………………………………...…………...…Justin Thornton

President, 2018-19 United Student Movement, Class of 2019

Music………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Aeolians Sermon ……………….……………………………………………………………… Anthony Medley, D. Min., M.Div.

Senior Pastor, Emmanuel Brinklow SDA Church, Ashton, MD

Benediction…………………………..……………………………………………………….….Ramona Hyman, Ph.D.  Chair, English and Foreign Languages Recessional……………………………………………“Rigaudon”……………………………………… Andre Campra ~ “The Golden Class” of 1969 (50 year class) will serve as Honor Guards for the Baccalaureate Service ~

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Commencement Speaker

Judge Gregory Ellis Mathis Former Detroit-area District Court Judge Gregory Ellis Mathis lays down the law in each hour-long episode of the Emmy®-winning, nationally syndicated, reality-based court show Judge Mathis. He presides over real, hard-hitting cases, and his decisions are legal and binding. The hallmark of Judge Mathis is the judge himself, as he combines a refreshing mix of social commentary, humor and humanity. His use of the bench to provide resolution and counseling to litigants before him during each episode has catapulted Judge Mathis to the forefront of a national dialogue about real issues facing contemporary society. His long-term personal involvement exemplifies his dedication to uplifting those who step into his courtroom as well as those who tune in to the show. Always a judge but never judgmental, Judge Mathis seeks to find a positive solution for the most dire situations. A unique role model and personality, Judge Greg Mathis stands out from other court show judges. Mathis was born in Detroit, Michigan, as the fourth of four boys born to Charles Mathis and his wife Alice Lee Mathis. As a young man, Mathis was involved with gangs, dropped out of school, spent time in jail and then, as a promise to his dying mother, turned his life around. He attended college, earned a law degree, became the youngest judge in Michigan’s history, and served as a Superior Court Judge for Michigan’s 36th district. Mathis often uses himself as an example to those who appear before him in the courtroom. His trademark sense of humor, personal commitment to social and equal justice, and degree of humanity and forthrightness distinguish him from the rest of the genre. Mathis is also a prominent leader within the Black American community as a black-culture motivational speaker. Urban politics and African-American movements have been his focus. Most recently, Mathis was invited by the Obama administration to be a part of “My Brother’s Keeper,” a White House Initiative to empower boys and men of color. He met his wife, Linda, during their matriculation as fellow students at Eastern Michigan University. They have four children: daughters Jade and Camara, and sons Greg Jr. and Amir. Thankful of his roots, Judge Mathis gives credit to his home church, Detroit’s City Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church, as one of the most stabilizing factors in his life.

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COMMENCEMENT Von Braun Center Propst Arena | Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 8:00 P.M. Processional...............................................................“Pomp and Circumstance”..............................................................Edward Elgar School Song...........................................................................Alma Mater...................................................Julie Moore Foster, D.M.A. Associate Professor, Music Invocation................................................................................................................................................................................Andre Ellis Chaplain, Class of 2019 “My Oakwood Story”................................................................................................................................................Video Presentation Awards and Recognitions...............................................................................................................................................Administration Introduction of Speaker.......................................................................................................Leslie N. Pollard, Ph.D., D.Min., M.B.A. President, Oakwood University Music.............................................................................................................................................................................................Aeolians Address....................................................................................................................................................................Gregory Mathis, J.D.  “Judge Mathis” Response .........................................................................................................................................................................Elizabeth Hardy President, Class of 2019 Presentation of Candidates...........................................................................................................................Colwick M.Wilson, Ph.D. Provost and Senior Vice President Conferring of the Degrees...................................................................................................Leslie N. Pollard, Ph.D., D. Min., M.B.A. President, Oakwood University Tracy Moore, B.S. Registrar

Desiree Gunn-Price, M.S. Assistant Registrar

John Anderson, Ph.D. Karen Benn Marshall, Ed.D. Dean, School of Business Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Online Learning

Interim Dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Education

Kenneth LaiHing, Ph.D. James Mbyirukira, Ph.D. Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

Agniel Samson, Th.D. Dean, School of Education and Interim Dean, School of Religion Social Sciences

Induction of Alumni...............................................................................................................................................Cheri Wilson, M.A. Executive Director, Advancement and Development Charge....................................................................................................................................Leslie N. Pollard, Ph.D., D.Min., M.B.A. President, Oakwood University Benediction.........................................................................................................................................................Gilbert Qjwang, Ph.D.  Chair, Religion and Theology Recessional......................................................................“Trumpet Voluntary”................................................................Henry Purcell **Audience please be seated

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CANDIDATES FOR DEGREES SCHOOL OF RELIGION Master of Arts Chad A. Dickens Gerald Estel William D. Felder III Eugene J. Hamilton Freddie Williams Jenkins Dean Lashington Donald Adam Retemiah Rashid Rashaan Taylor Melvyn Warren Warfield, Jr.

Pastoral Studies: Church Development Pastoral Studies: Church Development Pastoral Studies: Church Development Pastoral Studies: Church Development Pastoral Studies: Church Development Pastoral Studies: Church Development Pastoral Studies: Church Development Pastoral Studies: Church Development Pastoral Studies: Church Development

Bachelor of Arts Gary Boles Edward Theophilus Carr Andre Colin Montel Ellis Lens K. Farreau Kendrick Anthony Glasgow Jr. Max Isaí Gómez Vasquez Timothy Harris Georges LaBranche Boyer Lebon Yvondieu Louigene Lucien Louima Pablo Martinez Rodriguez Bensheh Benshehni Morgan II Adrian Alvin Valcin Torey James Williams James Preston Willis III

Ministerial Theology Ministerial Theology, Cum Laude Φ Ministerial Theology Ministerial Theology, Honorable Mention Ministerial Theology, Honorable Mention Ministerial Theology, Honorable Mention Ministerial Theology, Honorable Mention Ministerial Theology Ministerial Theology Ministerial Theology, Cum Laude Ministerial Theology Ministerial Theology, Honorable Mention Ministerial Theology, Summa Cum Laude Ministerial Theology, Honorable Mention Pastoral Care & Pre-Chaplaincy, Honorable Mention Ministerial Theology, Honorable Mention

Bachelor of Science Jhonté Dodd Ronnie Forté Sr. David Anthony Johnson Ivor Alistaire Royce Myers Crystal Grace Nichole Pinnock Miclisse Saimphar

Church Leadership * Church Leadership * Church Leadership * Church Leadership * Church Leadership, Honorable/Mention * Church Leadership *

SCHOOL OF ARTS & SCIENCES Associates of Science Samara A. Hospedales

Art: Commercial Art, Honorable Mention


Bachelor of Arts Bethany Elisabeth Baker Camille G. Belle James Black Asia Kim Boles Caelyn Janelle Boyd Tyana Evane Burke Kenalia Nichole Cooper Lucille Sarai Fley Nia Nichole Freeman Brenique Alexa Hanna Zoë James Michael Malik Dion Mayne, Jr. Carmel T. R. Moses Phillip Antonio Pringle Sydney Denise Purnell JoPaul Asriel Scavella Talik Andre Taylor Faith Weegar DéSha Miracle Whitehead Justin Deion Williams Ciara Joy Williamson

Spanish, Magna Cum Laude Psychology, Magna Cum Laude Φ Music, Honorable Mention Communication Media: Broadcast Journalism Psychology, Spanish Spanish, Magna Cum Laude Communication Media: Broadcast Journalism English Σ English, Cum Laude Φ£ Σ English, Cum Laude £ Σ Communication Media: Broadcast Journalism, Cum Laude Music English Communication: Public Relations English Mathematics Computer Networks Psychology, Honorable Mention Spanish Computer Networks Psychology

Bachelor of Music Eliza Jane Amelia Francis Naomi Leanne Parchment

Music: Vocal Performance & Pedagogy Music: Vocal Performance & Pedagogy, Cum Laude

Bachelor of Science Kwame A. Amponsah Jasmin E. Ayivor Laticia Monchel Baker Patrick Calvin Bogui Chimwemwe Grace Chanza Lauren Davis Nathan G. Davis Jaerae Juanyea Patrick Dell Christopher Sean Driver, Jr. Brea Nicole Fleming Conrad Fletcher Kalhil Franklin Jessica Nicholé Giscombe Alexia Glasgow Selene Simone Grossett Kristin Leigh Hall

Biochemistry, Summa Cum Laude Biology, Honorable Mention General Psychology * Biology, Summa Cum Laude Biology, Honorable Mention † Biology Biology, Honorable Mention Φ † Biology, Cum Laude Φ General Psychology * Biology, Cum Laude Φ Biology, Summa Cum Laude Φ † General Psychology, Cum Laude * Applied Mathematics: Interdisciplinary Sciences Biology Applied Mathematics: Interdisciplinary Sciences, Summa Cum Laude Biology, Honorable Mention Φ


Jada Mandeesa Hammond Justis Mone’ Harden Ravyn Jamese Shardae Harrell Kasey Raquel Harry Chioké Sergio Hayward Subirah Hendrickson Terry Al Henry Breeanna G. Lane Breeann Josephine Lansiquot Kendall Janine Lewis Bertha Robinson Little Briana Symone Marshall Morgan Kai Matthews Dyansi Ward-Mayers Savannah Joleen Mays Marsha Mercedes McDermott Cicily Marie Meeks-Stone Brie A. Meikle Michael Walter McKnight Jr. Johari Dana-Shari Minott Matthew Bernard Moody Simone Devin Moore Donnel Morgan Jr. Sindisiwe Ndebele Vusumuzi Patience Ngwazini, Jr. Kisyua K. Nthenge Vanesa Rehema Akinyi Ochieñg Allayna Michèlle O’Quinn Natalie Michelle Ortiz Reba Esther Paul Khari Jerald Place Joshua David Rawlins Mickhail Nathan Reeves Malcolm E. S. Rice Sharelle Tracie Rolle Michael D. Sampson II Kaggia Ronald Vaughn Scott Ethan R. Severin Robert Edward Taylor, III Maucus Ryan Valentine Jasmine Tyler Walsh Kashaé Ariana Whyte Gloria Jean Williams Malkia Williams Natalie Raquel Williams

Psychology, Cum Laude Psychology Biology Psychology Applied Mathematics: Interdisciplinary Sciences Biology, Cum Laude Φ Applied Mathematics: Interdisciplinary Sciences, Magna Cum Laude Applied Mathematics: Interdisciplinary Sciences Biology, Cum Laude Φ Biology, Cum Laude Φ † General Psychology, Honorable Mention * Applied Mathematics: Interdisciplinary Sciences, Honorable Mention Σ Applied Mathematics: Interdisciplinary Sciences, Honorable Mention General Studies, Honorable Mention * Biomedical Sciences, Cum Laude General Psychology * Biochemistry General Psychology * Psychology Biology, Honorable Mention † Biology, Honorable Mention Biology, Magna Cum Laude Φ † General Psychology * Biology † Computer Science, Cum Laude Φ Biology Biomedical Sciences, Honorable Mention Biology Chemistry, Honorable Mention Biochemistry, Cum Laude Applied Mathematics: Interdisciplinary Sciences, Honorable Mention Biology Psychology General Psychology, Cum Laude * Biochemistry General Psychology * Biology Computer Science Information Technology * Applied Mathematics: Engineering Biochemistry, Summa Cum Laude Φ Biology General Studies * Psychology, Honorable Mention Applied Mathematics: Interdisciplinary Sciences


Ryan Williams Kaija Akylah Sharai Wilson Jonaé R. E. Wood Marissa Nicole Wright Kiera Nicole Abena Yankson

Biochemistry Biology Biochemistry, Cum Laude Φ Biology, Magna Cum Laude Φ Applied Mathematics: Interdisciplinary Sciences, Cum Laude Φ

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION & SOCIAL SCIENCES Bachelor of Arts Francis Christopher Alyn Jr. Nia Beverly Dennis Elizabeth Vivian Hardy Brandi Denise Henderson Channdon Nadyne Johnson Maiyisha Amani Keita Phillip Earl Leslie III Alexis Shanee` McClellan Racquel Smith Noah Christian Tate Justin Franklin Thorton J’Llavon Tinsley Kayenda Christine Twesigye

Pre-Law: Political Science Political Science Pre-Law: Political Science, Magna Cum Laude Φ £ Σ Pre-Law: Political Science, Honorable Mention £ Pre-Law: Political Science, Honorable Mention Pre-Law: Political Science, Honorable Mention £ Political Science Pre-Law: Political Science Pre-Law: Political Science £ Pre-Law: Political Science Political Science Political Science International Studies, Cum Laude £

Bachelor of Science Camille G. Belle Tyana Evanie Burke Raquelle Cymone Connor Jada Janei Frazier Ashley Ayanna George Waynetta Gordon Rhiane Jones Yekaterina Rasstrigina Jessica Diane Roberts Shani A. E. Smith

Elementary Education, Magna Cum Laude Φ Π Elementary Education, Magna Cum Laude Π English Language Arts Education, Summa Cum Laude Φ Π Σ Elementary Education Π Elementary Education, Cum Laude Φ Π English Language Arts Education, Magna Cum Laude Π Σ Elementary Education Elementary Education Elementary Education, Cum Laude Φ Π Elementary Education, Honorable Mention

Bachelor of Social Work ShaDonna Nicole Bell Camille Blackwood Maya Curwina Bootman Taylor Brooke Fordham-Brown Maia Joelle Foster Neal Fudge IV Jodianne Alexia Gilling Troy L. Hoskins Zaire Monet Louise Morris Queanna Osborne Ayanna Ayesha Prince

Social Work, Honorable Mention Α Social Work, Honorable Mention Social Work Social Work Social Work, Honorable Mention Social Work Social Work, Cum Laude Φ Α Social Work Social Work, Honorable Mention Α Social Work, Honorable Mention Social Work £


Vincent Adam Turner DéSha Miracle Whitehead

Social Work, Honorable Mention Α Social Work

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Bachelor of Business Administration Timothy Cartwright Jr. Business Administration: HealthCare Administration Aquil Khashif Clarke Business Administration: Management Cleavon Nathanael Davis Business Administration: Management, Cum Laude Δ Kenika Kentisha Dill Business Administration: Marketing Curlisa Henry Business Administration: HealthCare Administration Elijah Reginald Hill Business Administration: Management Shaina Christa Jackson Business Administration: HealthCare Administration Romario Serrano Joseph Business Administration: HealthCare Administration James W. Kenner Jr. Business Administration: Marketing, Cum Laude Φ Kamahni Isaiah Kinley Business Administration: Marketing, Magna Cum Laude Δ Tahlia Kassidy Kirkland Business Administration: HealthCare Administration Abrah Elaine Marbury Business Administration: Management, Honorable Mention Austin Reid Musson Business Administration: Marketing Taylor C. Palmer-Morrison Business Administration: HealthCare Administration Aubrielle Dorothy Porter Business Administration: Marketing, Magna Cum Laude Steffon M. Roberts Business Administration: HealthCare Administration, Cum Laude Javana Nikita Samuels Business Administration: Management, Summa Cum Laude Lajauné Andia Jovonne Severin Business Administration: HealthCare Administration Ashley Deanna Seymour Business Administration: Marketing, Magna Cum Laude Δ Dillon Matthew Sinyard Business Administration: Marketing, Magna Cum Laude Jean Symons Business Administration: Management Brandon M. Turner Business Administration: Marketing, Cum Laude Jade Aria Walters-Nash Business Administration: HealthCare Administration Bachelor of Science Faron Jamil Adams Felicihia Aryeetey Lamond H. Bain Silvia Alalafagamafupu Bernard Leah Ashley Binns Edwin Bliss Jackson Lee Branch Benjamin Emanuel Brooks Evan Brown Wenona Renee` Brown Barbar Burns-Alcock Hodson Charles Anthony Chornes II Frances Ella Clemons Moriah Brianna Combs Timothy Rolfe Culberson Jr.

General Studies * Organizational Management, Honorable Mention * General Studies * General Studies General Studies * Accounting, Cum Laude Finance General Studies General Studies * Organizational Management * General Studies * General Studies * Organizational Management * General Studies, Cum Laude * General Studies, Cum Laude Accounting, Cum Laude Δ


Jeffrey Anthony Dalrymple Kwame Lemar Danielson Natasha Walker Jones Sansha Eugene Erica Michele Fike Anthea L. Gibson Ashli M. Grant Benton J. Hampton Cheryl Ellen-Patrice Harris Victoria D. Harris David Hector Almarie Noriko Hill Nathanael Honore Kyle J. John-Baptiste Jonathan Allen Johnson Paula Inette Freeman Johnson Dave Joseph Brianna JaLyn Lindsay Timothy Martin Anisha Monique Morris Margaret Muriu Ryan Nebblett Nathalie Nocandy-Penda Tabitha Atieno Okuro Ugoala Okechukwu Okwandu Geoffrey Onyango Otieno Sharon Denise Owens Cerron Kenneth Pollard Chloe Simone Prewitt Zonila A. Robinson Janelle Marie Dukes-Segarra Loderika S. L. Showers Duhmad Edwin Smith Janessa Sorrells Loloma Alfreda Spraggins Dwight Scott Stenson Halen Stonewall Guy Valentine Thevenin Jonathan Lawrence Thomas Kyle Stephan Thomas Koohafsen Tirogene Elijah Devon Isaac Walters Earl D. White Sandra H. Winters Josiah A. Yankson

Finance Organizational Management * General Studies * General Studies * General Studies * General Studies General Studies Organizational Management, Honorable Mention * General Studies * General Studies * General Studies General Studies, Cum Laude * General Studies Accounting General Studies * Organizational Management * General Studies * General Studies, Honorable Mention Organizational Management * General Studies General Studies General Studies Organizational Management, Honorable Mention * General Studies, Cum Laude * General Studies Organizational Management, Summa Cum Laude * Organizational Management * General Studies, Honorable Mention General Studies Organizational Management, Cum Laude * Organizational Management, Magna Cum Laude * General Studies Organizational Management * General Studies General Studies General Studies * Accounting General Studies * General Studies * Finance General Studies * General Studies General Studies * Organizational Management, Cum Laude * Finance


SCHOOL OF NURSING AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS Associates of Science Curtis Common

Pre-Speech Language Pathology

Bachelor of Science Ashley Kamali Allard Ugonma Rebecah Anyatonwu Bethany Elisabeth Baker Jayde Elizabeth Beale Eliezer Belisario Nashali Rodriguez Belisario Andrea Marle Blake Christen Leann Bradley Kevin Andrae Burrell Sonora Marie Burrows Ian Rhoan Campbell Jordan A, Colbert Evan Oshea Davidson Dominique De Abreu Cellanda Dumay Daniel El-Amin Clay James Gardiner Raffaella Garofanelli Jeslyn Ariel Henley Epifanio Hernandez Nia Dione Ingram Maria Aretha James Jeffrey Johnson Jr. Aiyinde Nefwa Lawrence Sabrina Leo Timothy Alan Liggins II Brendt Lindsay Mykel M. Mackey Erin Nicole McCoy Malik McHayle Malisha McHayle Princeton Riley Meredith Mariah Koren Elaine Moore Kecia Samantha Morrel Anaise Vanessa Nicolas Shelley Ross Karina Patricia Sebastian LaLique Rosita Simmons Domonique Simone Taylor Keril Monique Thomas

Nursing, Honorable Mention Allied Health Science: Pre-Physician Assistant, Cum Laude Pre-Physical Therapy, Magna Cum Laude Health Sciences, Cum Laude Allied Health Science: PrePhysical Therapy Pre-Physical Therapy Allied Health Science: PrePhysical Therapy Fitness & Wellness, Magna Cum Laude Φ Fitness & Wellness E USN Health Sciences Allied Health Science: PrePhysical Therapy, Cum Laude Health Sciences Allied Health Science: PrePhysical Therapy, Cum Laude Φ Health Sciences, Cum Laude Φ Nursing, Honorable Mention Fitness & Wellness Pre-Physical Therapy, Cum Laude Fitness & Wellness, Cum Laude Fitness & Wellness, Cum Laude Φ Health Sciences Nursing Health Sciences, Magna Cum Laude Φ Health Sciences Allied Health Science: PrePhysical Therapy, Honorable Mention Nursing Dietetics Pre-Physical Therapy Child Development & Family Studies, Cum Laude Φ Nursing, Cum Laude Φ Pre-Physical Therapy Nursing Nursing Health Sciences, Honorable Mention Pre-Physical Therapy Health Sciences, Magna Cum Laude Φ Health Sciences, Honorable Mention Nursing, Honorable Mention Nursing Health Sciences Allied Health Science: PrePhysical Therapy, Honorable Mention


Gabrielle Violet Watson Gaston Alphonso Webbe Jelisa Marie Wells Dominique Rh’Shay Williams Imani L. Williams Giovanny Zarete

Nursing, Cum Laude Φ Allied Health Science: Pre-Occupational Therapy Nursing, Honorable Mention Nursing Human Development & Family Studies Fitness & Wellness, Cum Laude

Certificate Edith M. Alvarez Jessica Banks Austin Nicholas Bou ShLanda R. Burton Lily Che Nhung Do Kie’erra Nichole Dunn Holly Forbes Angela C. Green Dominique Harris Kayley Hartselle Lina M. Hernandez Michelle Nguyen Huynh Makiko Kemmochi Taneisha B. Kimble Danielle Lamb Keri Lathrope Breana Nicole Leonard Judy Li Elina Luskina Veena Manohar Nicole Minich Jade Christine Realin Leighann Rice Hannah Terry Ann Vu Kathryn Whetstone-Kelley Krovoy Alexandria Whymns David Yuan Yang

Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship Dietetic Internship


Graduate Key ** The Dietetic Internship Program at Oakwood University is a post baccalaureate dietetic program offering 1200 hours of training in food service management, clinical and community nutrition. After completion of the program, students are eligible for active membership in the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and may take the examination to become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.). Graduation with Distinction: Summa Cum Laude (4.00 – 3.90), Magna Cum Laude (3.89 – 3.75), Cum Laude (3.74 – 3.50), Honorable Mention (3.49 – 3.25). The cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is calculated on course work taken at Oakwood University through Fall Semester 2015 for honors listed in this program. Φ Alpha Chi National Honor Society: Full-time student with a 3.50 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) for two consecutive semesters, who meet the criteria of Junior or Senior status and is in the top 10 percent of their class. Δ Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society: Membership is the highest national recognition a business student can earn, must have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.3 or better, is in the top 20 percent of their class, and in good academic standing. † Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) National Biological Honor Society: A society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Students shall have completed at least three term courses in biological science, of which at least one is not an introductory course, with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or its equivalent in those biology courses. £ Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International: A professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion, and courage through service to the school, the student, the profession and the community. The fraternity was established in 1902. Π Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education: A society for students in the top 20 percent who are entering the education field. This society was founded in 1911 to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. Α Phi Alpha National Honor Society: Social Work majors who have achieved a 3.25 grade point average, 9 semester hours in required social work courses. Have an overall grade average of 3.0 or higher. Exemplify professional and ethical conduct and be active in service activities at least one semester prior to applying for membership. Σ Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society, was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. The Society strives to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies; foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing; exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and serve society by fostering literacy. The candidate must have a minimum of a B or equivalent average in English and in general scholarship, must rank, at least in the highest thirty-five percent of his/her class. * Adult Continuing Education Degree Program/Leadership Education for the Adult Professional (ACE/LEAP).

E Veteran

USA United States Army USN United States Navy USMC United States Marine Corps Summer 2017: All degree requirements were completed: September 1, 2018. Fall 2017: All degree requirements were completed: December 31, 2018. Note: Since the names of candidates must be furnished to the printer three weeks prior to Commencement, it is possible that a few persons listed in the program may not have completed degree requirements or that some candidates who completed degree requirements may not be listed. The inability to remove or include a candidate’s name in the program does not constitute graduation from this institution, the granting of a degree, or denial of a degree.


PHILANTHROPY AWARD

Walter & Christine Ince

Dr. Christine Ince is a practicing medical oncologist in Alexandria, Louisiana. While she grew up in California, her parents, Theodore and Elsie Harley, fostered in her and her two younger sisters Dora and Theda, a love of learning, a tolerance for all people, independence and a curiosity of the world. Whenever it was possible, she attended Seventh-day Adventist schools. Dr. Ince knew fairly early that she wanted to “cure cancer.� While attending Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University), she was able to work part time at the National Cancer Institute. Christine met and later married her college sweetheart, Walter Ince. She attended Howard University Medical School, and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas, in Houston, and a fellowship in Medical Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Years later she completed a Master of Health Care Administration. She has been in private practice now for over 30 years. Dr. Ince is active in her community. She has played the flute with local bands and is on the board of the local symphony and various hospital boards. She enjoys keeping fit, and mentoring high school and college students, and younger physicians as well. Walter Ince was born in Trinidad and attended the Caribbean Union College (now University of the Southern Caribbean). After moving to Maryland, he attended Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) where he obtained his BS degree in Business Management. He then attended the Southeastern University in Washington DC where he completed his Masters in Business and Public Administration with an emphasis in finance. His interest in small planes led him to acquire his private pilot license after he moved to Louisiana. Walter has worked as consultant, accountant, director of finance, assistant controller and sales tax auditor. He is currently semi-retired and operates an accounting service for small business and also teaches high school. His hobbies are gardening, coaching high school soccer, flying Cessna 172 and playing the steel-pan. Walter and Christine have two daughters, both graduates of Oakwood University. Nadia Ince is a practicing attorney and Yazmin Moore (married to Robert Moore III) is an engineer. The Inces support Christian education, and their aim is to keep encouraging young people to make the most of the educational opportunities available to them, advising them on how to overcome obstacles or use them as stepping-stones to achieve their goals. They also believe that all the successes that they have achieved are a result of allowing the Lord to lead in every decision that they make, and without His help they would not have had the necessary resources to give back to help train young lives to serve God and humanity.

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HONORARY DOCTORATE

Lois Elaine Peters

Lois Elaine Peters was born in Jamaica. Her exceptional ability to learn qualified her to attend high school at West Indies College, with students several years her senior. In the late 1960s, Lois’ family immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts, where Lois later met and married her husband of 46 years, Leroy Peters, and pursued a nursing career at Atlantic Union College. Lois and Leroy felt led by the Lord to purchase and manage several assisted living facilities in Maryland. The family seeks to minister to the healthcare needs of their fellow man by providing care for the elderly in a safe and supportive home-like environment. Additionally, they own and operate APNT Inc., a pediatric homecare agency, caring for children with high tech needs in their own homes. The Lord has blessed Lois to fulfill her goal of making a difference in the lives of young people. She sat on the board of her alma mater, Atlantic Union College, Oakwood University and Washington Adventist University. She also serves on the board of the Family Life Department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the advisory board of Philanthropic Services for Institutions. Lois has received numerous awards including the Stream of Light award from the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the Alumna of the Year award from Atlantic Union College. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington Adventist University and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her Alma Mater, Atlantic Union College. Leroy and Lois have traveled extensively, lending their support to orphanages, clinics and other mission projects. The Peters have championed many causes throughout the world and underwritten the cost of education for several students who would otherwise not have access to Christian education. The Lois and Leroy Peters Music Center at Washington Adventist University is a testament to their unwavering support of Christian Education. Most recent is their naming of the Peters Media Center on the campus of Oakwood University. Lois shares her testimony around the world at speaking engagements, where she teaches on building wealth through giving. Their personal mission is to fill up God’s heaven and hasten the soon coming of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She and her husband Leroy have two children, LaKeisha Marie Dickerson and LeRoy Anthony Peters. Prentiss Williams (Lois’ “Mississippi son”) joined the family as a teenager. Leroy and Lois have four grandchildren.

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HONORARY DOCTORATE

Edward Zinke

E. Edward Zinke, a theologian and businessman, is the son of missionary parents who served in Mexico in the 1950s. He has the M.Div. and MA degrees from Andrews University, and is a doctoral candidate at Catholic University of America, in systematic theology. He also has an honorary doctorate from Montemorelos University, in Mexico. Ed has published various articles and books including the Seventh-day Adventist Adult Sabbath School Quarterly for the first quarter of 2010, and its accompanying book, The Certainty of the Second Coming. He was associate director of the Biblical Research Institute at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists from 1971 to 1986. He and his wife Ann were the co-owners of Ann’s House of Nuts, an international food company, until 2008 when they sold the company. He is a senior advisor for the Adventist Review and serves on the Board of Trustees of Andrews University and Oakwood University. Ed is also on the executive committee of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He is also a member of boards, committees and councils of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, including the Biblical Research Institute Committee, the Sabbath School Lesson Committee, the Faith and Science Council, the International Board of Ministerial and Theological Education, the Hope Channel, and the General Conference Executive Committee. He is Vice-Chair of the Ellen G. White Estate and the Adventist Heritage Ministries. He is the co-founder, a past president and current treasurer of the Adventist Theological Society. Ed is an active member of the Spencerville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he is a board member and teaches an adult Sabbath School class. Ed and his wife Ann have two grown sons and two incredible daughters-in-law. They are the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren.

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Board of Trustees Dan Jackson, Chairman

President, North American Division, Columbia, MD

Leslie N. Pollard, Secretary

President, Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL

G. Alexander Bryant, Vice Chair

North American Division, Columbia, MD

Ralph Reid, Vice Chair

Layperson, Businessman, Kansas City, MO

Ron C. Smith, Vice Chair

President, Southern Union Conference, Decatur, GA

William L. Winston, Vice Chair

President, South Atlantic Conference, Atlanta, GA

Board Members Roger Bernard

President, Central States Conference, Kansas City, KS

Meki Bracken

Young Alumnus, Alexandria, VA

Virgil Childs

Director, Regional Affairs, Pacific Union Conference, Westlake, Village, CA

William Cox

President, Allegheny West Conference, Columbus, OH

Laura Davis

Layperson, Orthodontist, Atlanta, GA

Byron Dulan

VP, Regional Ministries, North Pacific Union Conference, Richfield, WA

Henry Fordham

President, Allegheny East Conference, Pine Forge, PA

Stephen Foster

Layperson, Journalist, Business Consultant, Harvest, AL

Ricardo Graham

President, Pacific Union Conference, Westlake Village, CA

Stephen Gray

Layperson, Physician, Birmingham, AL

William Hicks

Layperson, C-100 Representative, Huntsville, AL

Daniel HonorĂŠ

President, Northeastern Conference, Jamaica, NY

Benjamin Jones

President, South Central Conference, Nashville, TN

Clifford Jones

President, Lake Region Conference, Chicago, IL

Zavon Kanion

Layperson, Dentist, Loch Lloyd, MO

Alvin M. Kibble

Vice President, North American Division, Columbia, MD

G. Earl Knight

President, Atlantic Union Conference, S. Lancaster, MA

Gregory Mack

President, Southeastern Conference, Mt. Dora, FL

Arne Nielsen

Vice President, Education, N. American Division, Columbia, MD

Cynthia Powell-Hicks

President, National Alumni Association, Anaheim, CA

Witford Reid

Layperson, Anesthesiologist, Sebring, FL

Randy Robinson

Treasurer, North American Division, Columbia, MD

Sergio Romero

Multicultural and Church Growth Dir. for Allegheny West, Columbus, OH

Eddie Soler

Exec. Vice President, Finance, Adventist Health System, Altamonte Springs, FL

Maurice Valentine

President, Lake Union Conference, Berrien Springs, MI

Calvin Watkins

President, Southwest Region Conference, Dallas, TX

David Weigley

President, Columbia Union Conference, Columbia, MD

David Williams

Layperson, Educator and Sociology Researcher, Boston, MA

Ed Zinke

Retired, Theologian and Businessman, Silver Spring, MD

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Advisory Board Members

Jim Davidson

Secretary, Southern Union Conference, Decatur, GA

Trevor Fraser

Faculty, Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL

David Freedman

Treasurer, Southern Union Conference, Decatur, GA

John Freedman

President, North Pacific Union Conference, Vancouver, WA

Mark Johnson

President, Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada, Oshawa Ontario, Canada

Victoria Joiner

Faculty, Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL

Lewis Jones

Staff, Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL

Kenneth Manders

President, Bermuda Conference, Hamilton, Bermuda

Carmela Monk Crawford

Editor, Message Magazine, Hagerstown, MD

Larry Moore

President, Southwestern Union Conference, Burleson, TX

Gary Thurber

President, Mid-America Union Conference, Lincoln, NE

Emeritus Board Members

Lois Peters, Emeritus

Benjamin Reaves, Emeritus

Calvin B. Rock, Emeritus

University Officers

Leslie N. Pollard, Ph.D., D.Min., M.B.A.

President

Colwick M. Wilson, Ph.D., MSW

Provost, Chief Academic Officer and Senior Vice-President

Sabrina R. Cotton, CPA, M.Acc.

V.P. for Financial Administration

David Knight, M.A.

V.P. for Student Services

Prudence L. Pollard, Ph.D., M.P.H., SPHR

V.P. for Research and Faculty Development

David Richardson, Ed.D.

V.P. for Mission, Enrollment Services and Retention

Commencement Honorees

2019 Honorary Doctorate 2019 Honorary Doctorate

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2019 Philanthropy Award

Healthcare Entrepreneur, Clarksville, MD Retired, Former President, Oakwood University, Orlando, FL

Retired, Former President, Oakwood University, Las Vegas, NV

Walker and Christene Ince Ed Zinke Lois Peters


University Faculty 2018-2019 Academic Year SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Biological Sciences

Bailey-Penrod, Juliet, Ph.D. Boutrin, Marie-Claire, Ph.D. Dulan, Stanton, M.D. Durant, Juliet, Ph.D. Gullo, Safawo, Ph.D. Otieno, Onesimus, Ph.D. Richardson, Melissa, Ph.D. Schmidt, Londa, Ph.D.** Vanterpool, Elaine, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor Asst. Professor Asst. Professor Assoc. Professor Professor Professor Asst. Professor Professor Professor

Chemistry

Anderson, B. Kevin, Ph.D. Asst. Professor Lai Hing, Kenneth, Ph.D.**~ Professor Lai Hing, Steven, Ph.D. Assoc. Professor Ochieng, Patrick, Ph.D. Asst. Professor Ranatunga, Rufus, Ph.D. Professor Rhem, Marlon, Ph.D.** Professor Volkov, Alexander, Ph.D. Professor

Communication

Chambers, Dawnetta M.S. Cheddar, Dwyane, M.A. Elliott, R. Rennae, Ph.D.** Harrison, Bobby, M.S. Hinson, Kyna, M.A. Joiner, Victoria, Ed.D. Watson, Janice, Ph.D.

Asst. Professor Asst. Professor Assoc. Professor Assoc. Professor Asst. Professor Asst. Professor Assoc. Professor

English and Foreign Languages

Bowe, Derek, Ph.D.** Professor Hyman, Ramona, Ph.D. Professor Mountain, Chandra Tyler, Ph.D. Assoc. Professor Prigg, Benson, Ph.D.** Assoc. Professor Tucker, Karen, M.Ed./M.S. Asst. Professor Ward, Kayla, Ed.D. Assoc. Professor Wheeler, Eva, JD, Ph.D. Assoc. Professor Williams, Joshua, M.A. Asst. Professor

Mathematics and Computer Science James, Lisa, Ph.D. Jeries, Joseph, M.S.

Assoc. Professor Asst. Professor

Joseph, Jea, M.S. Osei, Albert J., Ph.D. Patel, Darayas, Ph.D. Smith, Shushannah, M.S./M.S.E. Young, Tara, Ed.D.

Music

Bucknor, Wayne, D.M.A. Chambers, Audley, Ph.D.** Ferdinand, Jason, D.M.A. Fordjour-Hankins, Iris, M.A. Foster, Julie Moore, D.M.A. Kim, Sung-Jun, Ph.D. Marshall, Andrew, D.M.A. Murphy, Stephen, M.M.

Psychological Sciences Bucknor, Carmen, Ph.D. Cook, Pamelea, Ph.D. Gamble, Brandon, Ph.D. Hodnett, Martin, Psy.D. Sawyers, Pauline, Ph.D. Weems, Howard, Ph.D. Wilson, Colwick, Ph.D.

Asst. Professor Professor Professor Assoc. Professor Assoc. Professor

Professor Assoc. Professor Professor Asst. Professor Assoc. Professor Assoc. Professor Assoc. Professor Asst. Professor

Asst. Professor Assoc. Professor Assoc. Professor Asst. Professor Assoc. Professor Professor Professor

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Business and Information Systems

Anderson, John, Ph.D.**~ Professor Brown, Sr., Theodore, Ph.D.** Professor Campbell, Throy, Ph.D. Asst. Professor Charles, George, DBA Assoc. Professor Cort, Lucy, M.S. Asst. Professor Fraser, Handel, Ed.D. Asst. Professor Gohanna, Vern, M.B.A. Asst. Professor Hodnett, Richard, M.B.A. Asst. Professor Kenea, Habtalem, Ph.D. Assoc. Professor Kessio, Japheth, Ph.D. Assoc. Professor Lai Hing, E. Jean, M.Sc. Asst. Professor Nkosi, George, M.S. Asst. Professor Pollard, Leslie N., Ph.D., D.Min., M.B.A.** Professor Pollard, Prudence L., Ph.D., MPH, SPHR** Professor Roach, Shaunda, M.B.A./M.S. Asst. Professor

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University Faculty 2019-2020 Academic Year SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SCIENCES Education

Beverly, Olivia, Ph.D. Assoc. Professor Goodridge, Ellengold, M.A. Asst. Professor Johnson, Joyce, Ph.D. Assoc. Professor Mbyirukira, James, Ph.D.** ~ Professor Wilchcombe, Dana, Ph.D. Asst. Professor Williams, Donaldson, Ph.D. Asst. Professor Williams, Sean, Ed.S. Asst. Professor Wood, Deril, Ph.D. Asst. Professor

History and Political Science Burden, Marcya, J.D. Foster, Preston, M.P.A. Greene, Jr., Alfonzo, Ph.D. London, Jr., Samuel, Ph.D. Ringer, Amanda, J.D.

Social Work

Allen-Sherrod, Shalunda, DSW Ashley, George, Ph.D.** Frye, Lorraine, MSW Ramirez, Octavio, Ph.D. **

Asst. Professor Asst. Professor Assoc. Professor Professor Asst. Professor

Asst. Professor Professor Asst. Professor Professor

SCHOOL OF NURSING AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS Allied Health

Benn Marshall, Karen, Ed.D.~ Hannah, R. Isariah, ME.d./M.S. Henry, Earl, Ph.D. Isaac, Elaine, Ed.D. Williams, Michelle, M.S.

Professor Asst. Professor Asst. Professor Asst. Professor Asst. Professor

Nursing

Anderson, Karen, Ph.D. Huslin, Dwight, M.S.N. Lowery, Rise, Ph.D. Mbuguje, Mukesha, M.S.N. Morris, Priscilla, M.S.N. Norris, Bianca, M.S.N. Sherard, Mattie, M.S.N. Wills, Jillian, M.S.N.

Nutrition and Dietetics Dalrymple, Lisa, Ph.D. Daly-Dowdie, Nadine, M.P.H. Draper, Juliana, RDN Peterson, Joycelyn, Dr.P.H., Interim

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Asst. Professor Assoc. Professor Professor Asst. Professor Asst. Professor

Assoc. Professor Asst. Professor Instructor Professor

SCHOOL OF RELIGION Religion and Theology

Allen, Gregory, Th.D. Assoc. Professor Benjamin, Finbar, D.Min. Assoc. Professor Burton, Keith, Ph.D. Assoc. Professor Fraser, Trevor, D. Min. ** Assoc. Professor Kwesi, Ifeoma, D.Min. Assoc. Professor Li, Tarsee, Ph.D.** Professor Moral, Manuel, D.Min, Assoc. Professor Ojwang, Gilbert, Ph.D. Professor Pollard, Leslie N., Ph.D., D.Min., M.B.A.** Professor Rowe, Cory, D.Min. Assoc. Professor Samson, Agniel, Th.D.**~ Professor Seay, G. Russell, Ph.D. Assoc. Professor Wilson, Jesse, Ph.D. Assoc. Professor

Library Services

Hinton, Jeshua, M.A., M.S. McLean Johnson, Paulette, MLIS, EdS

Health and Exercise Science Hamilton, Terry, M.Ed. Peifer, Bruce, M.S. Shaw, Howard, Ph.D.** Williams, Vashon M.S. Young, Andrew, Ph.D.

Professor Assoc. Professor Asst. Professor Asst. Professor Asst. Professor Asst. Professor Asst. Professor Assoc. Professor

BOLD FACE - Department Chairs ~ Dean of School + Study Leave/Sabbatical ** Continuous Appointment

Asst. Professor Assoc. Professor


Commencement Committee John Anderson Jorge Bartholomew Karen Benn Marshall (Chair) Dwyane Cheddar Karen Christmas Kenn Dixon Sarah Faria Jason Ferdinand Trevor Fraser Ellengold Goodridge Desiree Gunn-Price Elizabeth Hardy Melvin Harris Jonathan Johnson Camille Kibler Raymond King Juliet Knight Kenneth LaiHing Adrienne Matthews Stephanie Matthews James Mbyirukira Tracy Moore Amanda Pitt Agniel Samson Shushannah Smith Theron Thomas Tracy Thompson Shelley Vaughn Karen White Adana Wilson Colwick Wilson COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM

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Academic Costume The American Council on Education, through cooperation of its institutional members, has established the Academic Costume Code, which has been adopted almost completely by institutions of higher learning in this country. The following information is provided for the benefit of visitors to academic ceremonies at Oakwood University.

THE GOWN Bachelor Black, full cut with long pointed sleeves. Master Black, long or short sleeves with arc shaped panel extended for each sleeve. Doctor Black, with velvet panels on front of gown and three velvet bars on each sleeve. Color of the velvet may be black or distinctive of the field of study.

THE HOOD Bachelor Three feet in length with a two-inch wide velvet. Master Three and one-half feet in length with a three-inch wide velvet. Doctor Four feet in length with five-inch wide velvet and panel at the sides. The lining of all hoods, which is folded out, bears the official colors of the institution from which the degree was received. The color of the velvet on all hoods indicates the field of study.

THE CAP AND TASSEL

Candidates for degree at Oakwood University wear the black mortar board with a tassel, the color of which is distinctive of the degree being received. The fields being traditionally indicated by the color of the tassel are as follows: Agriculture......................................Maize Arts, Letters, Humanities..............White Commerce, Accounting, Business ...........................................................Drab Dentistry...........................................Lilac Economics....................................Copper Education................................Light Blue Engineering..................................Orange Fine Arts, including Architecture .........................................................Brown Forestry...........................................Russet Family Consumer Science.........Maroon General Studies...............................Silver Journalism..................................Crimson Law..................................................Purple Library Science.............................Lemon Medicine.........................................Green Music.................................................Pink Nursing.........................................Apricot Optometry.....................Sea-foam Green Oratory (Speech).................Silvery Gray Pharmacy..............................Olive Green Philosophy...............................Dark Blue Physical Education................Sage Green Public Administration, including Foreign Service..................Peacock Blue Public Health......................Salmon Pink Science..............................Golden Yellow Social Work....................................Citron Theology.........................................Scarlet Veterinary Medicine.......................Gray

THE KENTE SHAWL

The use of the kente cloth, worn with academic regalia, adds more than dramatic color; this represents historic perceptions. These weavings are in authentic patterns from Africa. Niara Sudarkasa, Ph.D., an African American anthropologist, lived for some time in West Africa. When she returned to the U.S., she determined to “affirm her association” with the great African continent. She did this by changing her first name and by replacing the traditional velvet bands on her doctoral gown and the band on her cap with the dramatic Kente. Dr. Sudarkasa and other scholars have promoted the use of Kente in the academic arena. Often, professors of African-American studies distribute Kente shawls to their students as they approach graduation. Successful completion of courses that feature African, Black and Caribbean culture and contributions are commemorated by this “token of passage.” During our ceremonies, authentic stairstep patterns are seen in the original red, gold, green and black, as well as in Oakwood’s colors of blue and gold. There are weavings of the Cross, or of the curved stools of Ghana, symbolizing the seat of wisdom. Though shawls are woven in many colors, some including gold, silver and copper threads, they all usually come to a fringe a both ends. Whatever the style, the Kente shawls are worn with grace and pride at Oakwood University.


THE OAKWOOD UNIVERSITY SEAL Turner Battle, class of 1950, designed the official seal for Oakwood College during the presidency of Frank L. Peterson, who asked: “What is the meaning of the scroll, pen, and torch?” The seal contains elements that give legitimacy and authority to Oakwood because they present to the world the mission of the church, the college and its students. The three symbols serve as motifs to convey Oakwood University as an institution where young men and women secure a religious education. Oakwood University, at the time Oakwood College, is at the top perimeter of the seal. The lower part has Huntsville, Alabama. The founding date, 1896, is divided on each side of the flambeau to symbolize the separation of Negroes and whites when the college was founded. The scroll in the background is covered by a quill pen made from the hollow spine of a feather. The flambeau is super imposed on the quill and Torah. The Torah, the oldest symbol, represents original Hebrew Scripture that contains the first divine laws. This compilation of knowledge allows individuals to find guidance as they pursue fundamental questions concerning God, man, and salvation, and reminds students that God is present and is actively at work outlining His great plan for the redemption of man. The quill represents Mrs. Ellen G. White and her ministry to the Seventhday Adventist Church. The quill also suggests the foundation for educational principles that outlined the final course of salvation for God’s people and the world. Mrs. White’s pen provided the impetus for the establishment of Oakwood. The glowing flambeau depicts wisdom, knowledge, and education that portray a beacon of light and guidance while it prepares the mind, character, and religious conviction for this life and finally eternity. The mission of students is to continue carrying it as devoted followers of the Savior who are on their mission of spreading the gospel to the “four corners of the earth.”


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