Commencement

Commencement

Saturday, May 11 • 10:00 am

Celebrate the graduating Class of 2019! Join us for our Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:00 am in the Mason Activity Center.

Commencement Speaker

Dr. Lloyd Gestoso

Dr. Lloyd Gestoso first discovered social work when he attended Cairn University in 1987. The commands of God to love our neighbor resonated with Lloyd as his life calling. He pursued working with diverse populations in need and graduated with degrees in Bible and social work in 1992. Dr. Gestoso continued on to the University of Pennsylvania to earn his Master of Social Work, and later, his Doctor of Social Work.

Dr. Gestoso became chair of the Department of Social Work in 1999. Under his leadership, the Department of Social Work grew into the School of Social Work, and he has served as dean since 2015.

Dr. Gestoso has over 20 years of experience in the areas of community development and assessment, social entrepreneurship, social services counseling, holistic healthcare, opioid dependence, and HIV/AIDS care.

Since 1997, he has served on the US Board of Directors and International Board of Governors for Serving in Mission (SIM), an international organization which provides spiritual and physical care to individuals and spiritual communities around the world. Dr. Gestoso has also served as chair of the Board of Directors for Lakeside Educational Network, a leader in the application of trauma education and intervention which includes alternative education for youth, parent education, and educational consultation.

Dr. Gestoso is married to Amy, a social worker, and they are blessed with two children, Zoe and Elijah.

Full Event Schedule

Friday, May 10

Time Event/Location
9:30 am Undergraduate Commencement Rehearsal (Dual-Level degree included)
Gymnasium, MAC
10:30 am Undergraduate Brunch
Furman Dining Commons, MAC
5 pm Graduate and Degree Completion Commencement Rehearsal
Gymnasium, MAC
5:30–6:30 pm Hors d’Oeuvres (Graduates & DCP)
Upper Lobby, MAC
6:30 pm Commencement Banquet
Furman Dining Commons, MAC

Saturday, May 11

Time Event/Location
8–9 am Buffet Breakfast
All graduates, family, and friends are invited to enjoy breakfast.
COST: $5.75 per person (pay at the door)
Furman Dining Commons, MAC 

The Highlands will also be open 8-9:45am; serving coffee and grab-and-go options.

9 am Gymnasium Doors Open
9:15 am Graduate Check-In
Gymnasium, MAC
10 am Commencement Ceremony
Gymnasium, MAC
12–1 pm Lunch Buffet
All graduates, family, and friends are invited to a buffet lunch.
COST: $6.75 per person (pay at the door)
Furman Dining Commons, MAC 

The Highlands will also be open 11:30-2:00pm; serving coffee and grab-and-go options.

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