Lee University to Conduct Spring Commencement This Weekend

Cleveland, TN–Lee University will hold its 190th commencement ceremonies Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4. Dr. David Ramirez, Assistant General Overseer for the Church of God, will deliver the commencement address on Saturday morning at 9:30 am EST.

Ramirez has served as Third Assistant General Overseer for the Church of God since being elected to the post in 2016. A native of Chile, he previously served in a number of leadership capacities, including Field Director for the Church of God in South America, president of South Cone Ministerial Seminary in Buenos Aires, and founder of Seminario Ministerial Sudamericano (SEMISUD) in Quito, Ecuador, serving from 1992–2006 as president and professor of Church Growth.

Graduation festivities will begin with a hooding ceremony for students earning graduate degrees. This service is a ticketed event and will take place in Pangle Hall on Friday, May 3. Following the Friday hooding ceremony, all graduates will march in the commissioning service on the South Campus Quad Lawn. During commissioning, a special occasion for students and their families to reflect on their experiences at the university, five student speakers will share brief stories about their time at Lee. Students will also lead in the invocation, special music, and the benediction. Each graduate will be presented with a personalized Bible in a traditional walk across the stage.

On Saturday morning, there will be 420 undergraduate and 87 graduate students receiving degrees during the ceremony. Of the 81 graduate students, eight are doctoral students.

Saturday’s commencement ceremony is the official conferral of degrees and recognition of academic achievement. Each graduate will cross the stage and be congratulated by Lee President Dr. Mark Walker as Provost Dr. Debbie Murray recognizes each student by name. Commencement will close out the presidency of Walker, who resigned from the post earlier this year.

The hooding, commissioning, and commencement ceremonies will be available for livestream viewing at leeu.live.

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