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Read the summary article about Commencement 2010.

New this year, instead of Friday's outdoor barbeque and the early-morning Commissioning service before Commencement, we have introduced a Baccalaureate program for Friday evening in the Barbara Hodel Center, with a reception afterward.

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May 14 (Friday), 7:00pm Baccalaureate Program, reception following
May 15 (Saturday) 11:00am Commencement ceremonies




Commencement Speaker

(information from Hope Christian Church website)

Bishop Jackson is Senior Pastor of Hope Christian Church in the Washington, DC area with 3000 attendees and serves as a regional Bishop in the Fellowship of International Churches (FOIC). He has authored several books including Personal Faith Public Policy and The Truth in Black and White. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from prestigious Williams College and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. His secular work experience includes positions in several Fortune 500 companies.

As founder and Chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition (HILC), Bishop Jackson has declared that the church and its leaders must lead the way to protect America’s moral compass and heal our nation. Through his, HILC has become an agent of healing to our nation by educating and empowering churches, community and political leaders to make grassroots influence in their communities, states and our nation. His radio commentary “The Truth in Black and White” can be heard daily on 400+ stations nationally.

Jackson is a leading researcher on the black church. High Impact African American Churches, co-authored with George Barna, was nominated in 2005 by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s Gold Medallion award and received the Silver Medallion award. In addition, Jackson was also named one of the top 50 most influential Christians in 2005 by the Christian Post.

Jackson has appeared as a guest on The Tavis Smiley Show, Tony Brown’s Journal, The O’Reilly Factor, Britt Hume’s Special Report, National Public Radio, CBS Evening News, BET Evening News, 700 Club, TBN (Trinity Broadcast Network) and CBN News. He has been featured in articles in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Chicago Defender.

Baccalaureate Program info

Traditionally, before candidates for graduation would receive their degrees, they would first go to a worship service where they would hear a sermon, pray, and be prayed for.  This was called “the Baccalaureate Service,” from the words for Bachelor (bacca) and laurels (lauri), referring to the honors (laurels) being bestowed upon those who earn the Bachelor’s degree. In turn, “bachelor” is the term for a young adult who has passed the apprenticeship stage and has been accepted as a member of the guild.

The first Baccalaureate Service on record was at Oxford in 1432.  The early American universities continued this custom.  Today the Baccalaureate Service is a time of worship, thanksgiving, and dedication. 

We are thankful that PHC now has the facilities in the Barbara Hodel Center to follow the example of the classical universities in marking the new phase of our graduates’ lives with a Baccalaureate Service.

This will replace the “Commissioning Service” that was held immediately preceding Commencement.  It will, however, incorporate the major elements of that service, including the dedication of each student to the service of Christ and His Kingdom and the presentation to each graduate of the Word of God.

PHC Chancellor Dr. Michael Farris will deliver the 2010 Baccalaureate Service.