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Undergraduate Commencement 2017

Manchester University Commencement is May 19

Jan and Harry Keffer, Evan Bayh to be honored

Graduate and Professional Commencement 2017NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Manchester University Commencement ceremonies are May 19 at the North Manchester campus:

  • The Graduate and Professional Commencement is 10 a.m. in Cordier Auditorium. Seventy-one pharmacy doctoral, three pharmacogenomics master’s and 12 athletic training master’s candidates are expected to receive degrees.
  • The Undergraduate Commencement is at 2:30 p.m. in the Physical Education and Recreation Center (PERC) gymnasium, with an expected 284 bachelor’s candidates. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The ceremony is followed by a celebration near the PERC.

    Both commencements are ticketed events, and there is overflow seating with wide-screen viewing for the undergraduate ceremony in PERC classrooms and the upper level of the Jo Young Switzer Center.

    The Baccalaureate service is 6 p.m. Friday, May 18, in Cordier, and is open to the public. It is followed by a reception at 7 p.m. in Haist Commons at the Switzer Center for members of the Class of 2018 and their guests.

    The University does not have the typical keynote speaker and instead confers an honorary doctoral degree to someone who then offers remarks. This year, Manchester is having different honorees at each Commencement ceremony:
  • The honorees at the Graduate and Professional Commencement are Drs. Jan and Harry Keffer, for their life’s work as medical ethicists, health care professionals, clinicians and teachers. Harry Keffer graduated from Manchester in 1959.
  • The honoree at the Undergraduate Commencement is Evan Bayh, a former two-term U.S. senator and Indiana governor.

    Cordier and the PERC are fully accessible. Those with special seating needs should call 260-982-5050.

About Manchester University
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training, a Master of Pharmacogenomics and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school grounded in the values and traditions of the Church of the Brethren at

May 2018