Every summer Cedarville Global Outreach sends teams of students, faculty, and staff around the world to share the Gospel, encourage missionaries, and provide practical help to those with physical and spiritual needs. Currently, our team in China is building relationships with Chinese students through games and sports, teaching English, and sharing about the true meaning of Easter. Please pray for this and other teams, that the Lord would open doors for them to have life-changing conversations about faith in Jesus Christ. You can follow along with the various teams through the Global Outreach blog.
At its May meeting, the Cedarville Board of Trustees approved the development of a Physician Assistant graduate program, including hiring the inaugural program director and initiating the accreditation pathway. Pending the required external approvals, we plan to enroll the first cohort of PA students by May 2022. PAs are in high demand nationally, as U.S. healthcare providers seek to fill the gap in primary care. Cedarville alumnus Jason Grahame ‘99 has been tapped to lead Cedarville’s new PA program.
Beloved preacher, author, and teacher Dr. Warren Wiersbe passed away on May 2. Dr. Wiersbe and his wife, Betty, have been long-time friends of Cedarville. Warren often preached in chapel, especially in the 1960s, when he served at Calvary Baptist Church in Covington, Kentucky. His commitment to Cedarville was most recently felt in the gifting of his vast personal library to the University. This gift will allow Cedarville to steward a portion of the tremendous legacy of a man whose main goal in life was pointing people to Jesus.
Susanna Edwards longed to attend Cedarville. She had visited her older siblings when they were students on campus, and she was convinced this was God’s direction for her life. But when the financial situation remained unclear, she began to doubt. What happened next is a testimony to how God can shape a student’s heart for His Kingdom purposes before they ever arrive for the first day of class. And it’s a story of how generous gifts from the Cedarville family help make a life-transforming Cedarville education a possibility for remarkable students like Susanna.
God brings remarkable students to Cedarville University. Students whose lives are transformed through excellent education and intentional discipleship. And students whose lives touch and transform us, as they demonstrate the power of God’s grace to sustain even in life’s most difficult trials. Such is the story of Clara Costello, one of this year’s President’s Trophy winners. Clara shared her story by video during the final Student Government Association chapel of the year. What a privilege to walk alongside young people like Clara who live with integrity and faithfulness, glorifying Christ even in the midst of their trials. Your prayers and faithful support make Cedarville’s life-transforming education possible.
This commencement marked an important milestone for The Graduate School at Cedarville University as we awarded our 500th master’s or doctoral degree. That number promises to grow with the development of new programs and new specializations in existing programs. Cedarville is developing professionals who distinguish themselves by their character and godly service through the Doctor of Pharmacy, Master of Business Administration, Master of Ministry, Master of Divinity, and Master of Science in Nursing programs.
Christians having the freedom to exercise their moral beliefs and religious convictions in the workplace is a growing concern, particularly for those employed in health care. Cedarville University’s Center for Bioethics and Center for Political Studies will hold the Clinical Ethics and Conscience Rights Conference June 6-8 to address the rights of health care workers who object to medications or procedures due to religious or moral convictions. Princeton University political philosopher Dr. Robert George will keynote the opening session.
Advancing the institution and expanding graduate programs were the focus of the Cedarville University Board of Trustees at its annual spring meeting May 3. Trustees approved new mission and vision statements, five new graduate programs, and 10 faculty members, while also moving forward on a comprehensive fundraising initiative that would expand the university’s infrastructure, fund scholarships, and advance academic and student life initiatives.
On May 4, we celebrated the achievements of 815 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral graduates during the University’s 123rd Commencement ceremonies. Before 7,000 guests and many more joining via livestream, we challenged these graduates to represent Christ well and use their vocation as a platform for ministry. Clara Costello, Justin Lough, and Jocelyn Quirple were honored as this year’s President’s Trophy recipients. Graduations are joyful and bittersweet. While we have grown to love these students during their time with us, we look forward with great anticipation to how God will use them for His good purposes and the advancement of the Gospel. You can experience some of the special moments from commencement yourself in a highlights video.
Cedarville’s Aero Design team recently placed third among American universities in the 2019 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aero Design East competition. The competition challenged students to design a remote control airplane that could deliver multiple packages on target, simulating a mission to Mars. The Cedarville team was part of a field of 21 schools from around the world, including some of the best aeronautical engineering programs in the United States. You can read more about the Aero Design team’s success online.