Commencement Information for Houston Campus
May 1, 2015

Where: Main Sanctuary of Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church 8300 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77024. Ceremony starts at 7:00 pm, graduates must check in by 5:00 pm.

Deadlines: April 8 is the deadline for getting students names added to the program.

Regalia: Regalia will be available for student and faculty to pick up, Date and Time TBA- we will notify. Usually two weeks prior to graduation. Students will be notified by email when regalia arrives.

Seating information is Theater style. Please let us know if special seating or handicap seating is required.

Photographer: Photographer will be Greg LaPalomento.

Organist: Susan Walker

Special Music: Bag piper

Catering: TBA

Questions: If you need further clarification s please contact Veronica Garcia at or 281-579-9977

Contact Information: Alison Gentry, Director of Admission and Student Services, 281-579-9977

Commencement Speaker: Dr. Rick L. Upchurch, Assistant Vice President of Adult Studies at Belhaven University.

Rick UpchurchAt Belhaven University, Rick oversees the non-traditional academic functions at BU’s eight campus sites. Before coming to Belhaven University he served at National American University, a for-profit, publicly traded institution as Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness. Dr. Upchurch has worked in Christian higher education since 1998, serving on various accreditation committees along the way.

He has presented at the Higher Learning Commission for the North Central Association, Center for Research in Adult Learning (CRAL), Christian Adult Higher Education Association (CAHEA), and ACCESS, a national association of Christian distance education. His presentations have included curriculum development in adult degree completion programs, strategic planning for higher education, enrollment management, and key performance indicators.

He has published: a Guidebook for Course Development and Evaluation, outlining a curriculum evaluation tool which is being used in various schools across the country. From 2009-2011 he co-facilitated the Huntington County Leadership Academy, in Huntington, Indiana. Dr. Upchurch served two terms as president of ACCESS, a national Christian distance education association. He has designed and implemented systemic improvements wherever he has served, demonstrating not only a grasp of system process, but the ability to work collaboratively to achieve improvement.

Rick has been married for 39 years and he and his wife, Mary Margaret, have three children. He is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, where he served for 18 years in pastoral ministry. In addition to the book mentioned above, he has published Discipleship with James, Spiritual Warfare, and a Kindle book: The Principles of Life.

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