William Jessup University to hold commencement for largest graduating class

Ceremony May 18 at Adventure Christian Church
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William Jessup University, the first Western Association of Schools and Colleges-accredited private four-year residential Christian liberal arts iniversity in the greater Sacramento region, will celebrate its annual commencement from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18, at Adventure Christian Church, 6401 Stanford Ranch Road, Roseville. This is the university’s largest graduating class to date.

“Jessup students graduating in 2013 are equipped and ready to impact their world for the glory of God in the local church, the marketplace, at home, in our communities, locally and globally,” said Dr. John Jackson, president of the 73-year-old university.

About 275 students will graduate, with the majority receiving psychology, business and ministry-related bachelor degrees. This year marks the eighth graduation ceremony celebrated by the university since its move to Rocklin in 2004.

The 2013 commencement keynote address will be delivered by the Rev. Dr. Roberta Hestenes, a speaker, educator, author and consultant.

“We look forward with great anticipation to welcome Dr. Hestenes to this Jessup family celebration,” Jackson said. “Roberta is not only a respected educator and leader in Christ-centered higher education, she is a groundbreaking scholar in the evangelical community and has impacted my life personally.”

Hestenes has worked in Christian ministry for more than 40 years. She has served congregations in Seattle, Pennsylvania and California, including serving as senior pastor at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church near San Diego.

During her 13 years on the faculty at Fuller Seminary, she created and led the program in Christian formation and discipleship before leaving to become the first woman president at Eastern College, a Christian liberal arts university near Philadelphia.

For more than 25 years, she has been actively involved with World Vision, a Christian international poverty relief and development ministry, including most recently serving as international minister, focused on spiritual formation and leadership development around the world. She is author of numerous publications, including “Using the Bible in Groups.” Hestenes and her husband, John, a retired research scientist, have three adult children and eight grandchildren, and live in Roseville,

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