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SAGU celebrates its 103rd CommencementWaxahachie, Texas — May 16, 2013 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) celebrated its 103rd Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 3, 2013, with commencement speaker Congressman Joe Barton. Two hundred and six students graduated.

SAGU was honored to have Congressman Joe Barton as our commencement speaker this spring,” said President Kermit Bridges. “Congressman Barton has been a wonderful representative for Ellis County and a strong supporter of conservative values throughout his years of service.”

Click here to view photos from Spring 2013 Commencement.

Congressman Barton was first elected to serve the Sixth District of Texas in 1984. In 2004, he was selected by his colleagues to be Chairman of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, the oldest standing legislative House committee. Barton was the first Texan since former House Speaker Sam Rayburn to chair the committee. Barton is the senior Republican and serves as Chairman Emeritus of the full Energy and Commerce Committee.

Congressman Barton earned a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in industrial administration from Purdue University. After earning a master's degree, he joined Ennis Business Forms, where he rose to the position of Assistant to the Vice President. In 1981, he was selected for the prestigious White House Fellows Program, and served as an aide to then-Energy Secretary James B. Edwards. He returned to Texas in 1982 as a natural gas decontrol consultant for Atlantic Richfield Oil and Gas Company before being elected to Congress.

Barton and his wife Terri live in Ennis, Texas. He has four children, two stepchildren and five grandchildren.

SAGU faculty conferred Mary Duong as the Spring 2013 Student Speaker. Speaking from the story of David and Goliath, she commented, "Those who compare themselves with Goliath already feel defeated without going into battle."

She addressed her colleagues, "Fellow students, tonight I believe that we are God's Champions. We have been prepared, and now we are commissioned to change the world."

"Remember to have the right perspective, courage from and confidence in our King, and have a passion to bring glory to the Lord."

Duong graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in intercultural studies. During her academic career at SAGU, Duong made the President's List six times and Dean's List twice. She is also a member of Theta Alpha Kappa. In addition to her academic accomplishments, Mary participated in Mission TEN trips to New Orleans, Egypt and Kenya and was elected Treasurer of the Southwestern Missions Association. Upon graduation, she intends to pursue a master's degree, serve the church in Vietnam, and train people for missions.

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.

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