Waynesburg University’s annual Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises will be held Sunday, April 30, on the campus of Waynesburg University. Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore will serve as the Baccalaureate speaker, and Aradhna Oliphant will address the Class of 2017 as the Commencement speaker.
The celebration will honor approximately 525 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from the Waynesburg campus as well as the University’s additional centers in Cranberry, Monroeville and Southpointe.
Baccalaureate services will be held in Roberts Chapel at 11 a.m., and Commencement will be held on the front lawn of Miller Hall at 2 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the Commencement ceremony will be held in Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse.
Families are encouraged to arrive early, as the Commencement processional begins approximately 20 minutes prior to the ceremony.
Both Oliphant and Migliore will be honored during the Commencement Ceremony with honorary degrees, Doctors of Humane Letters, for the ways in which their lives and personal missions relate to the mission of Waynesburg University.
Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore is the Charles Hodge Professor Emeritus of Systemic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, where he taught for 47 years. He is also an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
During his tenure as the Charles Hodge Professor of Systemic Theology, he also served as the Director of Doctoral Studies, Chairman of the Department of Theology and Editor of The Princeton Seminary Bulletin. Additionally, he spent time as a visiting professor of theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Seattle University and New Brunswick Theological Seminary.
Migliore is the author of several books, including “Rachel's Cry: Prayer of Lament and Rebirth of Hope,” (with Kathleen D. Billman); “The Power of God and the Gods of Power;” and “Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology,” which is the bestselling theological introduction in colleges and seminaries across the United States.
In his retirement, Migliore has remained active in conducting research and writing in his academic specialization, as well as the theology and ethics of Karl Barth. He continues to preach and lecture at various congregations and conferences throughout the country.
Migliore is a member of the American Theological Society, having served as president during the 2007-08 term; a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton; and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Center for Karl Barth Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Migliore holds a bachelor’s degree from Westminster College, a bachelor of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a master’s degree and doctorate from Princeton University.
Aradhna Oliphant is the President and CEO of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. (LPI), a premiere resource for community leadership identification, connection and development in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Deeply committed to community building, Oliphant is actively engaged with the academic, public policy, corporate and nonprofit sectors. She serves on numerous boards and advisory boards including the national Association of Leadership Programs, The Pittsburgh Parking Authority, The Forbes Funds, Thornburgh Forum at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Advisory Committee for U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, among others.
She was invited by Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf to serve on the steering committee that oversaw the work of the transition teams, and in 2015, she was appointed as a Commissioner for the County Government Review Commission that is constituted once every ten years to review Allegheny County’s structure and make recommendations.
Oliphant also serves as Vice President of the International Women’s Forum of Pittsburgh and is a proud graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XVIII – an experience that truly anchored her in the region.
She has been recognized for her innovation and leadership as a Woman of Distinction by several area civic organizations and most recently in 2015 as one of the top twenty-five most influential people in the region by Pittsburgh Magazine.
Born and raised in India, Oliphant holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Rutgers University and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Bhopal University.
# # #
Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations
724.852.7675 or firstname.lastname@example.org