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Some 400 Will Receive Diploma at Fall Commencement, OU Head Speaks

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The President of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala., will address the fall commencement ceremony at its sister institution Alabama A&M University next week.


Dr. Leslie N. Pollard will speak to some 400 undergraduate and graduate students on Friday, December 8, at 1 p.m. in the Von Braun Center arena.


Students will receive diplomas from disciplines offered by four major academic components: College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences; College of Business and Public Affairs; College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences; and the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences.


leslie_pollard.jpgDr. Pollard is a 1978 graduate of Oakwood University. He futhered his education to include a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University Theological Seminary (1983), and the Doctor of Ministry degree in Preaching and Worship from Claremont School of Theology (1992). Seeking higher-level fiscal and administrative enrichment, Pollard earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the La Sierra University School of Business in Organizational Management (2005).


To culminate his academic pursuits, he earned from Andrews University the Doctor of Philosophy degree in New Testament Language and Literature (2007), with a specialty in apocalyptic literature.


Since 1978, Dr. Pollard’s leadership has reflected local, national, and international service. He has served as senior pastor for a number of large church complexes, including the Kansas Avenue (Riverside, CA), Berean (Los Angeles, CA) and the Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist churches. Additionally, he has been a youth pastor, a university chaplain, a healthcare program administrator, and an educational administrator.


As a clergyman, Dr. Pollard has functioned as an evangelist, professor, ministerial educator, and leadership development facilitator to the 17-million-member General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

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