Fall Commencement 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 3:30pm

The Fall Commencement Ceremony will be held in Trinity Chapel with a reception in Honsey Hall.

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Commencement Speaker

Dr. Doyle Holbird was born in Fullerton, California, but spent most of his childhood in Oklahoma. He graduated from Northeastern Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, with a double major in biology and secondary education. A year after graduating he began seminary training at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He received his first call into the ministry to Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1985 where he served as a hospital chaplain for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, as well as assistant pastor at Grace Lutheran Church. He subsequently served as pastor of congregations in central and southern Illinois. 

A desire to teach college students led him to go back to school in 1993. He received a master of science in zoology in 1995 from Southern Illinois University (SIU) at Carbondale. In 2000, he earned a PhD in physiology from the SIU School of Medicine. During this time he served as pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Fairfield, Illinois. Upon graduation, he received a call to teach at Concordia College in Selma, Alabama. While there he developed curricula for eight undergraduate science courses. 

Holbird joined the faculty at Bethany Lutheran College in 2007. While at Bethany, he has worked with his colleagues in the Biology Department to develop cell and molecular biology courses. He is the author or co-author of several articles in scientific journals and has presented papers and posters at several regional and national meetings. It was during his years in Little Rock, Arkansas, that he met his wife, Mary, who is a registered nurse. They have three children: Anna lives near Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband Ben. Jacob and his wife, Katie, live in New Brighton, Minnesota, where he is a software engineer. Their youngest child Sarah, is a student at Bethany.