112th Commencement exercises honor 276 graduates, two honorary degree recipients

Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University will hold its 112th commencement exercises at 3 p.m. May 15 in the Field House of the Merillat Complex for Physical Education and Recreation. The university will award master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees to 276 graduates, and two honorary degree recipients.

Dr. Herma B. Williams, provost and academic vice president for Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, Calif., will give the annual commencement address. Her address is titled, “Shaping the Future: Leading a Life that Matters.” Martha Smith, Huntington University associate dean of students, will present the baccalaureate sermon at 10:30 a.m. in the Field House of the Merillat Complex. Her message will examine God’s will through the lens of a career counselor.

An honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree will be presented to commencement speaker Williams, and an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science will be presented to Board of Trustees Chairman Emeritus Donald Duff.

Williams came to Fresno Pacific University in 2006 from Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., where she served as associate provost for six years. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University. She also completed post-doctoral studies at Harvard University, was named a Kellogg Foundation and Ford Foundation fellow, and as a Fulbright Scholar, she directed a program to strengthen academic excellence at two universities in South Africa.

Smith joined Huntington University in 1988 as the resident director for Hardy Hall. In 1991, she became the director of career development, and was later named the assistant dean of students and then became the associate dean of students. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and a master’s degree from IPFW in Fort Wayne, Ind. She also serves as the vice president of the Association for Christians in Student Development and was recognized by the organization in 2005 for her contributions to the field of student development.

Duff joined the Huntington University Board of Trustees in 1971. In 1975, he became the first layman elected chairman of the Board of Trustees. During his six years as chair, the trustees adopted a campus master plan and an internal committee structure. Throughout most of his 36 years of service as a trustee, he was a member of the executive committee, having chaired the finance and advancement committees as well as the committee on trustees. An active churchman, Duff was a long-term member of the United Brethren Education Commission. Now retired, Duff has served as the vice president of Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co. In 1990, he was named the Lay Person of the Year by the National Association of Evangelicals. He has also been honored with the Huntington University Centennial Medallion and the Legion of Honor Award.

The commencement exercises and the baccalaureate sermon are open to the public, and no tickets are required.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


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