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King University News :: King University Awards Record Number of Diplomas During Fall Commencement

King University celebrated Fall Commencement exercises Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at Viking Hall, awarding a record number of diplomas to 434 students who have completed undergraduate, graduate, professional studies, or online degrees.

“We are delighted to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates,” said Dr. Matt Roberts, dean of Academic Affairs and chief academic officer.  “We look forward to their continued success in building meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ in our region and beyond.”

King University is proud of its graduates’ ability to graduate with meaningful employment. This year’s King graduates will be starting careers with companies such as University of Tennessee Medical Center, Roane Medical Center, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, BAE Systems, Eastman Chemical Company, and CGI.  Others will be attending some of the top graduate schools in the nation. 

“We believe that it is the excellence of our faculty and the uniqueness of our career success program that lends strength to this success,” stated LeAnn Hughes, vice president of Marketing and Market Research and special assistant to the president. “The number of students participating in internships continues to increase and the ratio of students who are employed upon graduation by the company of their internship is very high.”

King University’s Career Success Center provides students a place in which rewarding internship and employment opportunities may be cultivated.  King has an extensive internship network with businesses both in the region and throughout the southeast. 

“Our internship program provides graduates with invaluable hands-on experience and demonstrates how classroom theory becomes real-world practice,” said Hughes.  “Our graduates have interned with organizations such as Bristol Motor Speedway, Eastman Chemical Company, Boston Children’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

Dr. Errol Rohr, a long-time member of the King University faculty,  delivered the Commencement address. Dr. Rohr began his career at King University in July 1984 as a professor of Philosophy. Over the years, he has served King as director of the Italy Studies Program, chaplain, and dean of the Peeke School of Christian Mission, senior vice president for Global Development, and vice president for Intercultural Studies. Additionally, Dr. Rohr serves on several committees for athletics, Hall of Fame, travel and global education, nominations, and safety. He also serves on the board of directors for the Buechner Institute at King University.

Dr. Rohr holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Central State University, a Master of Divinity in Systematic Theology and Philosophy from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Illinois, and his Doctor of Ministry in Theology and Ethics from Trinity Lutheran Seminary.

In addition to his service to King, he has served as pastor of Cold Spring Presbyterian Church; director and Presbyterian University pastor for the United Christian Center at The Ohio State University; associate pastor of Woodside Church and campus chaplain of the University of Michigan; and assistant pastor of McKinley Memorial Presbyterian Church and Presbyterian campus chaplain for the University of Illinois.

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