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Southwestern Assemblies of God University celebrates 101st Commencement ceremony with Representative Jim PittsWaxahachie, TexasMay 8, 2012Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) celebrated its 101st Commencement ceremony on Friday, April 27, 2012, with commencement speaker Texas Representative Jim Pitts. Two hundred seven students graduated. During the Fall 2011 – Spring 2012 school year, a total of 391 students graduated.

"SAGU has had a long-standing relationship with Representative Pitts, and we are honored that he was able to join us for our 101st Commencement ceremony," said SAGU President Kermit Bridges.

Representative Pitts addressed the students, "As I look at each of you graduating tonight, I am not able to discern what your dreams for the future may be. But, I do want you to know one important thing: you can make your dreams come true."

"Whether you are going to further your education or you are looking for a career right away, the opportunity is here for you," he continued. "So, I challenge you, whatever your vision is, follow it. The world is waiting for you."

Representative Pitts earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Master of Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University. Pitts practiced law in Waxahachie for 36 years with a specialization in General and Real Estate Law.

In 1992, Representative Pitts was elected to the Texas State Legislature as the House Representative for District 10. Among his recognitions, Representative Pitts was Waxahachie’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 1999, and Texas Monthly Magazine named him one of Texas’ Ten Best Legislators in 2005. Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas gave him the “Leader of Excellence Award.”

Dorothy Megan Timmerman (Midlothian, Texas) was the Spring 2012 Student Speaker. Timmerman completed a Bachelor of Arts in English with dual specializations in literature and writing.

Timmerman spoke of how she and her colleagues stand on a foundation created by the past generations and are entering a time when they will lay the foundation for the future generations. She said, "God gave us two stories: the crucifixion of Christ and our personal testimony. God said that with these two weapons we can impact the world."

Citing the literary dragon as a metaphor for the challenges ahead, Timmerman continued, "There will be dragons in our story. But the wonderful thing about dragon slayers is the more dragons they slay, the more adept they become at slaying them."

She concluded, "So, I wish you, Graduating Class of 2012, to have very good lives – through the progressive power of imagination and the faultless foundation of family."

In addition to her academic accomplishments, Megan participated in a Mission TEN trip to Indonesia. She plans to further her education in comparative literature and classical languages and become a novelist in young adult literature.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.