Nebraska Commissioner of Education speaks for Union College graduation; first master's degrees granted

On Sunday, May 13, Union College awarded 199 associate, baccalaureate and for the first time, master's degrees during the annual commencement ceremony in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church. The service recognized 20 graduates from December 2006, 119 May graduates and 46 prospective August graduates for a total of 185 graduates. Among this group, 13 students received two degrees and one student received three degrees. Six of the graduating seniors are Union Scholars, which involves advanced coursework and a research project.

This year marks the first master's degrees granted by Union College. Twenty-three graduates received the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree. In 2004, Union College transitioned its physician assistant program from a bachelor's to a master's program. The PA program started in 1999.

Douglas D. Christensen, commissioner of education for the Nebraska Department of Education, delivered the commencement address Sunday morning. The graduation ceremony was held in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church beginning at 10 a.m. Prior to graduation on Sunday, weekend festivities began Friday evening (see schedule below).

Union College Graduation Weekend Schedule

All official programs for the 2007 graduation weekend were held in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Consecration Service: 8 p.m., Friday, May 11.
Leonard Westermeyer, long-time missionary, educator and administrator in South America and father of a member of the class of 2007 was the featured speaker. Immediately following the service there was a reception in Woods Auditorium for all graduates, their families and Union College faculty.

Sabbath School: 10:40 a.m., Saturday, May 12.
The class of 2007 directed Sabbath School in the main sanctuary of the College View church.

Baccalaureate: 12 noon, Saturday, May 12.
Mark Robison, associate professor of English, Cather Scholar and father of one of this year's graduates, presented the Baccalaureate message.

Senior Nurses' Dedication: 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 12.
The senior nurses received their pins at this time. The nursing faculty lead the students as they take the Nightingale pledge.

Commencement: 10 a.m., Sunday, May 13.
The commencement speaker was Dr. Douglas D. Christensen, commissioner of education for the Nebraska Department of Education.