Make-a-Wish CEO speaks at graduation

David Williams, president and CEO of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, will address the graduating class of Union College during commencement ceremonies on May 9, 2010. Last year, the Make-a-Wish Foundation made dreams come true for 13,465 children with life-threatening illnesses.

During Sunday’s ceremony, Union College will confer 211 degrees to 197 students, including 23 students graduating a master’s in physician assistant studies. Union’s class of 2010 represents eight countries, 28 states, and one US territory. Of the 34 different majors earned, the most popular are nursing with 39 graduates and business administration with 31. Rachel Welsh of Columbia, Md., will be the first student to graduate with Union’s newest major, fitness and wellness.

Graduation Weekend Schedule

Physician Assistant Hooding: 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 7
During this invitation-only event hosted at the Cornhusker Hotel, new physician assistants are welcomed to their vocation by mentors and peers.

Consecration Service: 8 p.m., Friday, May 7
Dr. Joseph Allison, chair of the Division of Human Development and newly appointed education superintendent for the Iowa-Missouri Conference of Seventh-day Adventists will speak. Immediately following the service there will be a reception in Heartland Hall at CVC for all graduates, their families and Union College faculty and staff.

Sabbath School: 10:40 a.m., Saturday, May 8
The class of 2010 will lead out in the main sanctuary of the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Baccalaureate: 12 noon, Saturday, May 8
Michael B. Kelly II, pastor of Mt. Rubidoux Seventh-day Adventist Church in California will speak. Previously pastor of Allon Chapel in Lincoln, Kelly is much loved by many Union College students.

Senior Nurses' Dedication: 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 8
The senior nurses will receive their pins in the College View church. The nursing faculty will lead the students as they take the Nightingale Pledge.

Commencement: 10 a.m., Sunday, May 9
David Williams, president and chief executive officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation will speak for commencement in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church.