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Southwestern Assemblies of God University celebrates 100th Commencement ceremonyWaxahachie, TXDecember 2, 2011Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) will hold its 100th Commencement ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 9 in the Sheaffer Full Life Center Auditorium.

The auditorium will be ticketed seating only. Students will receive seating tickets at rehearsal the day of graduation. Auditorium seating will begin at 4:30 p.m. Ticketed guests who need handicap seating are advised to notify the School of Distance Education as soon as possible. Overflow seating will be provided with live streaming of the event.

SAGU senior Raphael Mnkandhla from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, has been selected as the student speaker for the Fall 2011 Commencement by the University’s faculty. Mnkandhla is completing a Bachelor of Arts in Church Ministries. During his academic career at SAGU, Mnkandhla has made the Dean’s List for academic achievement on four separate occasions and is a member of Theta Alpha Kappa and Sigma Chi Pi. He also served as a Resident Assistant for one year, participated in prison ministry, and interned at Cook Canyon Ranch in New Mexico during the summer. Upon graduation, Raphael intends to pursue a master’s in Theology and work as a youth pastor.

Dave Roever will be the commencement speaker for the evening. He is a decorated Vietnam veteran called to ministry as a teen. At the height of the Vietnam War, he joined the U. S. Navy and served as a riverboat gunner in the elite Brown Water Black Beret. Eight months into his tour of duty, Roever was burned beyond recognition when a phosphorous grenade he was poised to throw exploded in his hand. His survival and recovery are miraculous.

Roever travels the world, sharing his gripping testimony with its message of hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Roever ministers in churches, crusades, youth and men’s conventions and in the “marketplace” such as public schools, business conventions and with the U. S. military.

Dave Roever is founder, chairman and president of two non-profit corporations: Roever Evangelistic Association (REA) and Roever Educational Assistance Programs (REAP) based in Fort Worth, TX. He and his wife Brenda are co-founders of Eagles Summit Ranches in Colorado and Texas, where Dave, Brenda and their team train wounded warriors, others from the U.S. military, and talented young leaders in areas such as public speaking and marital and emotional recovery after devastating injury.

Live streaming of the ceremony will be available at

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 or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.