Commencement Ceremony - April 23, 2016

To Live is Christ and To Die is Gain

Guest Speaker: Dr. John Grassmick


Dr. John Grassmick is the Chairman of Prairie’s Board of Directors. Following graduation from PBI in 1966, he earned a BA from Seattle Pacific College, a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a PhD in New Testament studies from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He spent his career at Dallas Seminary as Professor of New Testament Studies and he also served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean the last twelve years until his retirement in 2012.

Throughout thirty-eight years of teaching and administration at DTS, Dr. 
Grassmick also served in various leadership and teaching roles in his local church and overseas. He has traveled to the United Kingdom, Europe, Israel, Mexico, India, and Fiji. Now retired, he splits his time between Austin, Texas, and Western Michigan (May−September) at the Maranatha Bible Conference Center near the Lake Michigan shore.

John and his wife, Karen (nee Anderson, 1968 Prairie grad), have four married children and eleven grandchildren. A meaningful verse for them during their “reassignment” years is Psalm 115:1: “Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.”

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Events for Graduands & Family

Thursday, April 21st

7:00PM - Music & Worship Arts Graduate Showcase     
       Maxwell Centre Atrium

Friday, April 22nd

2:00PM - Commencement Rehearsal
      Rick Down Athletic Centre
6:00PM - Graduation Banquet (Doors Open At 5:30PM) Ticket Free for graduand, $25 all others 
     Sanford Hanson Dining Hall*

7:30PM - Baccalaureate Service (an intregal part of the banquet) 
      Sanford Hanson Dining Hall 
8:30PM - Explore Farewell
      The Loft

*Graduands, to receive your discounted ticket, please see Lydia Nelson or Kaitlynn Kern to help you with discount purchases.
Thank you.

Saturday, April 23rd

10:00AM - Nurses Pinning Ceremony
      North Auditorium
11AM - 1PM - Discover Farewell
      The Loft

2:00PM - Commencement Ceremony
     Rick Down Athletic Centre
3:45PM - Commencement Reception
     Sanford Hanson Dining Hall


Guests may purchase á-la-carte meals at the Dining Room.
Other options for the Saturday noon meal are restaurants in town.

Sanford Hanson Dining Room on April 23, 2016
7:30-10:00AM - Continental Breakfast
10:00AM-12:30PM - Brunch

Prices range from $2.50-$14.00
Payment may be made in cash, by debit or credit card. 

Atrium Café in Maxwell Centre
Bakery items (muffins, cinnamon rolls, assorted cookies)
Assorted wraps
Soup of the day
Beverages (Tazo teas, Seattle’s Best coffee, espresso, frozen drinks, etc)

Hours During Grad
8AM-4PM on April 22nd
9AM-1PM on April 23rd


Graduands: Please contact the Manager of Events & Facility Rentals for options for your parents on campus (403.443.5511 ext. 3226 or email

Other guests: Please refer to the following list of accommodation alternatives in Three Hills.

Best Western      403.443.7889
Lamplighter Inn    403.443.5919
Rest Easy           403.443.2188
Super 8               403.443.8888

For maps and directions to Prairie click here.


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Box 4000
Three Hills, AB T0M 2N0

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