Mount Union Plans 170th Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremonies

May 02, 2016

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union will hold its 170th Baccalaureate service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday May 7 in the Peterson Field House of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex. This will precede the University’s Commencement Ceremony to be held at 1:30 p.m.  

During the student-organized worship service, Ian LeRoy ‘14 will play a prelude on piano. The invocation will be given by Xin Fang Mak ’15. The Mount Union Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Grant W. Cook III, professor of music and director of choral activities, will perform during the ceremony and Jennifer Imhoff ‘15 will give a scripture reading. Mikayla Kovacik ’16 will serve as song leader for a hymn and Tyler Barney ‘16 and Gabrielle Pishotti ‘16 will give additional scripture readings. The Rev. Marty CashBurless, University chaplain, will lead passing the peace and Dr. W. Richard Merriman, Jr., president of the University, will introduce the speaker.

The Rev. Joyce Lawson, an ordained elder in the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church and the current pastor of the United Methodist Church of Chagrin Falls, will give the sermon. Lawson graduated from Mayfield High School in 1979, received a bachelor’s degree from Mount Union in 1983 and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological School in 1986. She has served at various churches including Brookfield United Methodist Church in Brookfield, Ohio; Mahoning United Methodist Church in Youngstown, Ohio; Apollo United Presbyterian Church in Pennsylvania and Johnsville and Steam Corners United Methodist Churches in Morrow County, Ohio.

Following the Baccalaureate ceremony, the 170th commencement celebration will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Peterson Field House. Dr. Richard Drake, director of anatomy and professor of surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, will give the commencement address, presenting, “Taking Advantage of the Next Opportunity.” Drake is a 1972 graduate of Mount Union where he studied biology. Among his numerous professional accomplishments, Drake has published the book, “Gray’s Anatomy for Students,” which was written with another anatomist and physician. He has also given numerous professional lectures and talks at national and international meetings. He is an adjunct faculty member in the University’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies and is a member of the Mount Union Board of Trustees.

For more information regarding the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies, visit

To The Top!