Lubbock Christian University’s undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 3, at 10 am in the Rip Griffin Center with two hundred and fourteen students graduating. Sixty-seven graduate students will graduate the Friday prior, at 7:30 pm in the McDonald Moody Auditorium.
Prior to the awarding of degrees, the undergraduate ceremony traditionally has a commencement speaker as well as a student speaker. The student speaker is chosen to share the LCU experience with peers and audience members.
Graduating Secondary Education major, Rebecca Biard, has been selected as student speaker for the May 2014 undergraduate commencement ceremony. Biard is from Modesto, California, and is the daughter of alums Chris ('88) and Barbara (Heinrich, '87) Biard. Biard claims she wanted to be a Chap even before knowing what a chaparral was. While at LCU, she held many offices in the women’s social club Christliche Damen, and she participated in Student Senate all five years. Biard was an Assistant Director for GO! (Freshman Orientation) two years, and a counselor for camps Encounter and Champion. She is a member of LCU’s Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta Honors Society, and Kappa Delta Pi Honors Society, and she has been on the President’s and Dean’s List. During her education, Biard took the opportunity to travel to Kenya for an LCU internship and to Italy for an LCU art trip. Biard has been hired to teach English at Frenship High School following her graduation from LCU.
Rhonda Rhodes will give the undergraduate commencement address. Rhodes is a 1977 summa cum laude graduate of Lubbock Christian University, and she currently serves on the board of the Lubbock Christian University Foundation. Rhodes is a partner in the law firm of Williams & Rhodes LLP in Englewood, Colorado. She has spoken and written on the federal sector employee litigation process and is a past president and now member of the Board of Colorado Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyers Association. Since 2012, her peers have recognized her as a Colorado Super Lawyer.
Dr. Dub Hannel is the commencement speaker for the graduate ceremony. Hannel is currently the Director of Graduate Education at LCU. During the course of his forty-nine years as an educator, Hannel has served in several academic and administrative positions at Lubbock Christian University. Particularly important to Hannel was initiating the Master of Education degree at LCU in 1998, which he has directed since its inception. His primary work has been in training principals for schools in Region 17.
Family and friends of graduating students can watch both the graduate and undergraduate May 2014 commencement ceremonies live online, free of charge at www.LCU.edu/live.