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Pfeiffer University Honors New Graduates at Summer Commencement  

On Sat., Aug. 13, nearly 400 students from Pfeiffer University's School of Graduate Studies and School of Adult Studies (undergraduate programs) received their degrees in two separate ceremonies. The graduates, who studied at Pfeiffer's Charlotte or Research Triangle campuses or as part of an on-site workplace cohort, gathered at the University's Misenheimer, N.C., campus in Stanly County for summer commencement exercises. An additional dozen students who completed their undergraduate studies at Misenheimer participated as well. (Watch video fromn News 14 Carolina).  

“The committed and qualified summer class of 2011, most of whom are currently working and contributing positively to the economies of the Piedmont region and the state of North Carolina, are now singularly prepared to serve their employers, families and communities even more effectively than before,” said Michael C. Miller, president of Pfeiffer University. “We are extraordinarily proud that they represent Pfeiffer and all it has to offer.”  

Among the graduates is Charlotte resident James Lewis, a U.S. Army and law enforcement veteran who received his second Pfeiffer University degree—a master's degree in Health Administration to complement the bachelor's degree he earned in the same field in 2009. Currently awaiting law school acceptances, Mr. Lewis plans to join the professional ranks of his wife, Patricia, an attorney who earned an undergraduate degree in Organizational Communication from Pfeiffer's School of Adult Studies in 2003 before attending the University of North Dakota School of Law. Together they lead Youth Hope International, a Charlotte-based nonprofit organization that trains inner city youths for jobs in the construction trades. In addition, Mrs. Lewis works as an attorney for the Native American Law Center/Office of Tribal Justice within the U.S. Department of Justice, advocating for the welfare of children and assuring compliance with federal laws pertaining to the rights of tribes throughout the United States. The Pfeiffer tradition continues for the Lewis family this fall as their daughter Jamie, 23, begins pursuing her bachelor's degree in Business Administration through the School of Adult Studies.  

“The Pfeiffer experience is anything but typical and what happens in the classroom extends far beyond theory,” said James Lewis. “The level of input among students is off the charts, creating a dynamic learning and networking environment.”   Of those who received degrees on Saturday, the highest percentage weree awarded to those earning MBAs from Pfeiffer's internationally accredited MBA program, master's degrees in Health Administration and a combination of the two. Next are those receiving master's degrees in Leadership, Christian Education, Marriage and Family Counseling, and Elementary Education.

At the morning ceremony, students from Charlotte-based graduate Business, Marriage and Family Therapy, Practical Theology and Elementary Education programs received their degrees as well as those receiving bachelor's degrees (except Business Administration) through the School of Adult Studies. In the afternoon, graduates from all Research Triangle-based graduate Business programs, online Business programs and cohort graduate Health Administration programs as well as those from the adult studies Business Administration program were honored.  

Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Pfeiffer is committed to providing educational excellence, scholarship, and service opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students across North Carolina on campuses in Charlotte, Misenheimer, and Raleigh, and online. Visit Pfeiffer at or

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