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Author Bob Goff, President Beck A. Taylor to deliver keynote speeches during Whitworth’s 125th commencement ceremonies

April 30, 2015

Bob Goff, a best-selling author and the founder of Restore International, will address Whitworth’s class of 2015 during the university’s 125th undergraduate commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17, at 3 p.m. at the Spokane Arena, located at 720 W. Mallon Ave. Goff will speak to approximately 622 undergraduate students receiving degrees this year.

Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor will speak at the graduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. in Whitworth’s Cowles Auditorium. His address, “Life Together…Life Forever More,” will be given to approximately 83 graduate students receiving master’s degrees in education, teaching, counseling, business administration, international management and theology.

To view a live-stream of both commencement ceremonies, click here.

Professor of Theology Jerry Sittser will give the homily, “Gains to Losses, Losses to Gains,” for the annual baccalaureate service on May 17 at 10 a.m. in the Whitworth Fieldhouse.

Whitworth Commencement Week will begin May 8 with a combined Whitworth and Gonzaga ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) commissioning ceremony. Other events include the English department senior reading May 15 at 6 p.m., and the senior honors recital May 16 at 3 p.m. For complete details on Commencement Week at Whitworth, please click here.

During the undergraduate commencement ceremony, four students will receive the President’s Cup award for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average throughout their undergraduate education. These award recipients are Lindsay Slater, Trent Alsin, Emily Walker and Samuel Director. The Whitworth Servant Leadership Award, which honors a graduating senior who has exhibited an extraordinary commitment to serving the campus and the larger community, will also be given during the ceremony.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Mark Baker, associate registrar, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4332 or

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or