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CCCU President Shirley Hoogstra to Speak at MVNU Commencement

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Shirley V. Hoogstra, J.D., president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, will be speaking at Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s traditional commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m., to celebrate the graduating Class of 2018.

Prior to graduation day, Rev. Kevin Jack, lead pastor of Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene, will speak at the baccalaureate service on Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m.

Photo of Shirley Hoogstra, J.D.As CCCU president, Hoogstra combines her zeal for the rule of law and her passion for Christian higher education. The CCCU’s outward-facing work at its intersection with government in Washington, D.C., calls upon Hoogstra’s authentic skills of listening, respecting and influencing leaders as she shares and promotes the importance of Christian colleges and universities as a part of a diverse, pluralistic system of higher education.

After graduating from MVNU in 2006, Rev. Kevin Jack and wife, Bethany, moved to Maysville, Kentucky to be the youth pastor at Maysville Church of the Nazarene. Later they planted CrossPoint Community Church in Maysville with 65 of their closest friends. After a decade of serving in Maysville, Jack became the lead pastor of Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene where he has served since December 2016.

Dr. Jim Dalton will speak at the non-traditional Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5, at 2:30 p.m. Dalton has been involved in adult education for more than 30 years. From 1987 to 2005 he served as a CPA Review instructor in Columbus, Ohio; Atlanta, Georgia; and Los Angeles, California. In the 1990s, he served as an adjunct instructor at Nazarene Theological Seminary. For more than 20 years he has taught and consulted with pastors, church treasurers, and church finance committee members in regards to finances in the church. Since 1997, he has served in program leadership and teaching of students in the GPS programs at MVNU.

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 32 states and 19 countries/U.S. territories.