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Huntington University holds 111th commencement

Huntington, Ind.-Today, Huntington University honored 235 graduates from the class of 2009. The university's 111th Commencement was held in the Field House of the Merillat Complex for Physical Education and Recreation. (Photos)

Huntington University awarded seven Master of Arts degrees, six Master of Education degrees, 62 Bachelor of Arts degrees, 198 Bachelor of Science degrees, seven Bachelor of Social Work degrees, 21 Associate of Science degrees and three honorary doctorates. For a complete list of graduates, download the commencement program.

Dr. John Bernbaum, president of Russian-American Christian University, delivered the commencement address, titled "Flying Upside Down." He advised the graduates to "have a clear sense of calling and vocation" and to acknowledge their profession as secondary to their relationship with Jesus Christ. He also instructed them to "commit yourselves to becoming lifelong learners" and to "become agents of God's justice, people of mercy and compassion, and live a life of humility and gratitude."

Dr. G. Blair Dowden, president of Huntington University, charged the graduates to "go forward from this place and live a Christ-centered life with your words and with your actions."

Dr. Del Doughty, professor of English, gave the baccalaureate address, titled "Chapter 18: In Which Dominican Del Learns Something about La Justicia" based on Genesis 18:1. (Photos)

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Dr. John Bernbaum gives
the commencement
address. Behind him are
Dr. Norris Friesen, vice
president and dean of the
university, and Edward
Souers, chairman of the
Huntington University Board
of Trustees. Members of the class of
2009 Margaret Roush, director of
alumni relations, gives
instructions to the 50-year

Dr. George Killian,
associate professor of
music, directs the concert
choir as its members sing
"All That Hath Life and
Breath Praise Ye the Lord."
Sue Miller receives an
honorary doctorate from
Dr. G. Blair Dowden,
president of Huntington
University. Robert Miller gives his
acceptance speech after
receiving an honorary
doctorate. To his left are
Dr. G. Blair Dowden and Sue
Miller. To his right are Dr.
Norris Friesen and Edward

Dr. G. Blair Dowden
addresses the class of 2009
at the baccalaureate service. Kara Chappuis, a 2009
graduate, sings "To God Be
the Glory" at the
baccalaureate service. Jody Davenport, instructor
in physical education and
mother of 2009 graduate,
Lauren Davenport, reads
the Scripture at the
baccalaureate service.

Dr. Del Doughty gives the
sermon at the
baccalaureate service. Abigail Allwein (right), class
of 2009, sings "Take My
Life, Let It Be Consecrated"
at the baccalaureate
service. She is accompanied
by Joni Killian, adjunct faculty
in the Department of Music.
Pete Schownir, major gifts
officer and father of
Matthew Schownir and
husband of Susan
Schownir, both class of
2009, gives the benediction
at the baccalaureate