One of Americas Most Innovative Leaders, Dr. Ricky Temple, Announced as 2015 Commencement Speaker

Costa Mesa, CA (PRWEB) April 30, 2015

The Office of the President at Vanguard University is proud to announce Dr. Ricky Temple as the 2015 Commencement speaker at the graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Known across the country for his charismatic and captivating messages, Dr. Ricky Temple currently serves as senior pastor of Overcoming By Faith Ministries in Savannah, Georgia, where he has served since 1981. With a masters degree in strategic leadership from Life Pacific College, and an honorary doctorate of divinity from International Church of Foursquare Gospel, Dr. Temple has achieved years of academic and ministry experience. He is the co-author of the book, Why Smart People Make Dumb Choices, host of the radio show A Study with Pastor Rick on Radio KTLW, and is currently working on several upcoming book projects. Dr. Temple has a deep commitment to developing leaders, churches, and families, with a down-home approach and practical, everyday insights.

Ricky Temple exemplifies a life of passion and understanding, that has inspired leaders and innovators across our nation, said Vanguard President Michael J. Beals. His messages and wisdom on living intentionally will be an incredible model to our Vanguard graduates as they enter their next chapter.

In addition to the traditional Commencement ceremonies, Vanguard University will host their Nursing Pinning Ceremony on Thursday, May 7 at 10 a.m. at Newport Mesa Church in Costa Mesa. A Baccalaureate service will be held on the eve of Commencement at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, on Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.

We are looking forward to celebrating Vanguard Universitys graduating class of 2015, and all of the associates, bachelors, masters, challenge coin, and RN to BSN recipients, said Dr. Doretha OQuinn, Vanguards provost and vice president for academic affairs. Students work hard to get to this day, and the faculty stand proud beside them to witness it.

There will be a live video stream of both ceremonies online at Vanguards website: Closed Captioning will be available for the 4:00 p.m. ceremony. Join the social conversation by tweeting LIVE from the event using #VUGrad, and mention @VanguardU.

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Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit

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