Arizona Christian University is proud to announce constitutional attorney Michael Farris, the new President and CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom, as the keynote speaker at ACU’s 55th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix.

“I am thrilled that my long-time friend Michael Farris will be delivering the Commencement address for ACU this year,” said President Munsil. “As the founder of Home School Legal Defense Association, then as the founder and President of Patrick Henry College, and now as President of ADF – Mike Farris has been leading the fight for Christian principles in our culture for nearly four decades.”

“It will be a blessing for our students to receive encouragement and inspiration from this nationally known Christian leader as they leave ACU to transform culture with truth,” Munsil said.

Farris, now Chancellor Emeritus at Patrick Henry College, became ADF’s new President, CEO and General Counsel in January.

The following events will be taking place during ACU’s Commencement Week. Please join us as we celebrate more than 115 traditional and Degree Completion Program spring graduates this year!


3rd Annual Firestorm Film Festival

The Firestorm Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the capstone work of ACU Communication majors who have chosen film as their area of emphasis. Each student has authored an original screenplay and directed his or her own short film as part of the coursework requirements.

Tuesday, May 2nd

The Picture Show, Paradise Valley Mall

4550 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85032

6:30 pm: Doors Open

7 pm: Films begin

To reserve a free ticket, email [email protected].

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4th Annual Westphal Athletic Awards Ceremony

Celebrate the outstanding athletic contributions, spiritual leadership, and educational achievements of ACU’s 2016-17 student athletes.

Thursday, May 4th

New City Church

1300 N Central Ave

Phoenix, AZ 85004

6:30 pm: Red Carpet and Dessert Reception

7 pm: Ceremony

*Black Tie Optional

General admission is $10 and ACU students are free when you register online by May 3rd. General admission at the door is $15 or $5 for ACU students with ID.

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Senior Celebration and Dessert Reception

Friday, May 5th

Arizona Christian University Fultz Memorial Gymnasium

2625 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85032

6 pm: Dessert Reception

7 pm: Awards Celebration

*All graduates will be awarded with their Stole of Gratitude and will be given their alumni gift.


55th ACU Commencement Ceremony

Keynote Speaker: Michael Farris, President and CEO, Alliance Defending Freedom. Read the complete announcement here.

Saturday, May 6th

Bethany Bible Church

6060 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85013

10 am: Doors Open

11 am: Ceremony

*Bethany Bible Church has requested that guests do not bring balloons in to the sanctuary. Please leave all balloons either at home or in the car prior to entering the ceremony.

View the ceremony live stream here beginning at 11 a.m.

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