Approximately 1,500 students will graduate from Azusa Pacific University on Sat., May 3, 2014, at the university’s spring commencement ceremonies. The ceremonies feature 840 bachelor’s, 520 master’s, 192 adult and profession studies, and 12 doctoral degree recipients.

  • Doctoral, master’s, and professional studies degree ceremony at 9:30 a.m.
  • Bachelor’s degree ceremony at 6 p.m.
  • Ceremonies take place in APU’s Cougar Athletic Stadium, located on East Campus, at 901 E. Alosta Ave., in Azusa.

Ray Johnston, founding pastor of Bayside Church, serves as the speaker at both commencement ceremonies. Under Johnston’s leadership, Bayside Church, located in a Sacramento suburb, has grown into one of the largest churches in the nation, with more than 12,000 people attending services every weekend at the Granite Bay campus and thousands more in multiple affiliated churches throughout the region. Johnston is also the founder of Thriving Churches International. Each year, his Thrive Leadership Conference sells out months in advance, with more than 4,000 leaders attending. A sought-after speaker, Johnston’s inspirational messages have impacted 4 million people over the last 10 years. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and Azusa Pacific University, where he serves on the Board of Trustees.

During the undergraduate ceremony, the university will present an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in Organizational Leadership to Michael Lizárraga, CEO of The East Los Angeles Community Union (TELACU) and APU Board of Trustee. Lizárraga helps low-income community members reach self-sufficiency and empowers minority students to excel in school and graduate positioned for success.