Dr. Les Parrott III, #1 New York Times best-selling author and relationship expert, will deliver the keynote address at Olivet Nazarene University’s 100th traditional undergraduate Commencement ceremony. Parrott is a 1984 Olivet graduate. Serving as past ONU presidents were his late grandfather, Dr. A.L. Parrott, from 1939 to 1949, and his late father, Dr. Leslie Parrott II, from 1975 to 1991.
The undergraduate ceremony will be held in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel on Saturday, May 4, 2013, 9:30 a.m. Presented that day will be several special awards to honored students and faculty members, as well as a posthumous degree to Miley Reed.
Parrott is the author of more than 18 books and co-author of more than 20 books, including the Gold Medallion winner Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts with his wife, Dr. Leslie (Young) Parrott — also a 1984 Olivet graduate. The Parrotts’ most recent book, The Good Fight: How Conflict Can Bring You Closer, will be released April 23. His published works have sold more than two million copies in more than two dozen languages.
Internationally renowned relationship experts and speakers, the Parrotts have been featured in the New York Times and USA Today; on CNN, “The View,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” “The Today Show” and “Oprah.” Each year, they speak in more than 40 cities, encouraging healthy communication and consistent encouragement in relationships.
His passion for helping others build healthy relationships continues to be central to his career. In 1991, the Parrotts founded the Center for Relationship Development on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, a groundbreaking program dedicated to teaching the basics of good relationships. In the fall of 2013, the Parrotts will partner with Olivet in launching the new Olivet Nazarene University Center for Healthy Relationships.
The Commencement ceremony for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies will be held Saturday, May 4, 2:30 p.m., in Centennial Chapel. Dr. John C. Bowling, president of the University, will give the Commencement address. Student, faculty and dissertation awards will be presented. Members of the first cohort for the Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN.F) program will be among those receiving degrees.
Commencement also includes these related on-campus activities:
• Commencement Concert featuring Olivet’s Orchestra and selected student soloists with Dr. Neil Woodruff, music professor, conducting, Saturday, April 27, 7 p.m., Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center
• Installation of sculptures by Richard Hunt, sculptor, Friday, May 3, 11 a.m., the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel
• Social work pinning ceremony and presentation of the Spirit of Social Work Award, May 3, 1 p.m., Kresge Auditorium
• Honors Program reception, May 3, 1:30 p.m., Warming House
• Nursing pinning ceremony for traditional graduates, May 3, 2 p.m., College Church of the Nazarene
• School of Theology and Christian Ministry graduation chapel, May 3, 2:30 p.m., Kelley Prayer Chapel
• Baccalaureate service, May 3, 7:30 p.m., Centennial Chapel, with Dr. John C. Bowling delivering the sermon and charge to the Class of 2013
• Military commissioning ceremony for ROTC cadets, May 4, noon, Kresge Auditorium