April 22, 2016 (Jackson, Miss.) - Graduating students from Belhaven University will be honored at the Jackson Commencement Ceremony on May 7, 2016. Because of the large number of students receiving their diplomas, undergraduate commencement will be held in the morning and graduate and adult students will graduate in the afternoon. Both ceremonies will be held at Thalia Mara Hall.
The day of convocation will begin with the undergraduate ceremony at 9:30 a.m. and the adult, graduate and online students' graduation activities at 2:30 p.m.
Dr. Michael Young-Suk Oh, Executive Director, CEO of the Lausanne Movement, will be the honored commencement speaker this year. He received his B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed an M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School as well as an M.A. in Regional Studies, East Asia, at Harvard University.
Since 2004, Dr. Oh with his wife Pearl and their five children have been serving as missionaries in Nagoya, Japan. In January 2004, he founded a ministry called Christ Bible Institute (CBI), which includes Christ Bible Seminary, the Heart & Soul Cafe and a church-planting ministry. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for CBI.
His first involvement with the Lausanne Movement was at the 2004 Forum for World Evangelization. He then served on the Younger Leaders Planning Team for the 2006 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering, where he also gave the keynote address. In 2007, he joined the Lausanne Board of Directors as its youngest member. He has served as Executive Director and CEO since March of 2013.