Bernbaum, Doughty to address class of 2009

Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University will hold its 111th commencement exercises at 3 p.m. on May 16 in the Field House of the Merillat Complex for Physical Education and Recreation. The annual commencement address will be given by Dr. John Bernbaum, founder and president of Russian-American Christian University in Moscow, Russia. His address is titled “Flying Upside Down.” The public is invited to attend the commencement ceremony.

Dr. Del Doughty, Huntington University professor of English, will deliver the baccalaureate sermon to graduates and their parents at 10:30 a.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. Doughty’s address is titled “Chapter 18: In Which Dominican Del Learns Something about la justicia.”

Dr. Del Doughty
Huntington University will award associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees to approximately 230 graduates on May 16. Three honorary doctorates also will be awarded.


Dr. John A. Bernbaum, in partnership with Russian and American educators, founded the Russian-American Christian University in Moscow, Russia, in 1995 and currently serves as the university’s president. RACU’s mission, as a private faith-based university, is to equip young Russians for leadership roles in their local communities, in the marketplace, in their churches and in their nation. Bernbaum works out of the U.S. office of RACU in Wheaton, Md., and spends approximately one-third of the year in Moscow; the remaining time is spent traveling across the country sharing RACU’s mission, recruiting faculty and raising scholarship support for financially-needy Russian students.


Dr. Del Doughty serves as professor of English at Huntington University where for the past dozen years he has taught courses in creative writing, world literature, and academic writing and research. His poems have appeared in various magazines and journals, and he has published two brief collections: “The Sound of Breathing” (Saki Press, 2000) and “Flow” (Red Moon Press, 2004). Currently, he serves as the chair of the Division of Humane Studies and as the director of the Capstone program. He attends Central Christian Church in Huntington where he is an elder, a Sunday school teacher and a voice in the choir.

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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. 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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