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2019 graduation weekend

Acclaimed author and pastor Karl Haffner to speak for 2019 commencement

Graduating seniors during winter quarter Senior Recognition

Graduating seniors during winter quarter Senior Recognition

2019 graduates during Senior Recognition CommUnity

2019 graduates during Senior Recognition CommUnity

On June 16 Walla Walla University will celebrate its 2019 commencement. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the WWU Centennial Green. The commencement speaker is Karl Haffner, a 1985 WWU alumnus and the father of a 2019 graduate. Apart from authoring multiple award-winning books, including Soul Matters, The Cure for the Last Daze, No Greater Love, and Caught Between Two Worlds, Haffner loves spending time with his family, traveling the world, running, and education. Haffner pastors the Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church in Dayton, Ohio, and works with Kettering Health Network in its spiritual mission department.  

He is passionate about sharing with others the message of God’s grace and acceptance, perhaps even in short, snappy tweets. For example, in Haffner’s “Teaching in a Tweet,” he wrote, “Ephesians 1:3-11 … answers three big questions: Where did we come from? Our Creator, made in His image. Who are we? Children of God. Why are we here? To live ‘unity’ for the praise of God’s glory.”   

Haffner’s commencement address is titled “Investing for the Future.”

Consecration, University Church
Friday, June 14, 8 p.m.
The senior class presents the evening vespers program in the Walla Walla University Church, 212 S.W. Fourth St., College Place.

Baccalaureate, University Church
Saturday, June 15, 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Our speaker for both Sabbath services will be Brad Brown, a 1998 WWU grad who is director of mission and spiritual care for Adventist Health in Paradise, California. He graduated from WWU with a bachelor’s degree in theology, then went on to Andrews University where he received a master of divinity degree. He served as a senior pastor for 14 years in the Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the Montana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists before becoming the director of chaplain services at Feather River Hospital in Paradise.

Commencement, Centennial Green
Sunday, June 16, 8:30 a.m.

The commencement address will be given by Karl Haffner.

For a complete schedule of graduation weekend events and to watch a livestream of commencement, visit wallawalla.edu/grad. For further information, contact the Office of the President at (509) 527-2066 or send email to Deirdre.Benwell@wallawalla.edu. 

Posted May 29, 2019

Last update on February 27, 2019