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Eastern Nazarene College to Hold Commencement May 7, 2011
Published: May 2, 2011
Eastern Nazarene College will hold its 89th commencement exercises on the college’s front lawn at 2:30 p.m. Saturday May 7, when approximately 200 graduates will receive associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the college.
Guest speaker at this year’s commencement ceremonies will be Dr. Albert Truesdale, who served as ENC’s interim academic dean (2000-2001) and interim president (2001-2002.)
“Dr. Truesdale served Eastern Nazarene College during a pivotal time of transition in the college’s history,” President Corlis McGee said. “We benefited greatly from his leadership, and we are honored to have him as our commencement speaker.”
In addition to serving as ENC’s dean and interim president, Dr. Truesdale taught at the college from 1973 to 1976. In 2003, ENC conferred upon him an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.
A graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary, Dr. Truesdale received a Ph.D. from Emory University. An ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, he served as pastor at Quincy’s Bethel Beach Church of the Nazarene (now known as Bethel Church of the Nazarene) as well as congregations in Uxbridge, Mass., North Carolina and Georgia. In addition to his leadership at ENC, his academic roles include serving as academic dean at Olivet Nazarene University, dean of the faculty at Nazarene Theological Seminary and as a researcher in religion and bioethics. He is a past president of the Wesleyan Theological Society and has been actively involved in community service through such organizations as Habitat for Humanity, FOCUS, SHARE, Kiwanis and Second Helping.
A resident of South Carolina, Dr. Truesdale currently serves as editor of A Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Theology and Fundamentalism and Fundamentalism and the Wesleyan Tradition.
On Friday May 6, at 7:00pm, the graduates will participate in the Baccalaureate Service at the Wollaston Church of the Nazarene, where they will be addressed by President Corlis McGee. In the instance of rain, the Saturday Commencement ceremony will be held in Lahue Gymnasium.