2022 Commencement Week

2022 Commencement Info


Friday, June 10, 2022 at 4:00 pm
Lisle Center Chapel – Facebook Live

All students are encouraged to watch the June 2022 Convocation online via Facebook Live. The only people permitted to be at convocation in person are the student speakers and guests, and faculty and staff.

Our student speaker will be Pastor Andrea Hayles. Pastor Andrea Hayles, a native of Louisville, KY. serves as Lead Pastor at the City of Promise Church in Fairfield, Ohio where her husband, Bishop Dr. Gary G. Hayles serves as Senior Pastor. She is receiving her Master of Arts Degree with a concentration in Christian Community Development. Upon graduation from Northern Seminary, she will be serving as CEO for the Next Generation Community Development Corporation, a 501c3 foundation emphasizing leadership and empowerment through Kingdom principles. She believes, “when you work hard, you deserve to play hard” and that comes spending time with her two beautiful daughters and her husband traveling in and out of the country. I live by knowing this: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)


Commencement Ceremony

The commencement service will take place on Saturday, June 11th, at 10:00 AM in the main sanctuary of Christ Church of Oak Brook, located at 501 Oak Brook Rd. Oak Brook, IL 60523. There will be signs to help you find the parking.

The 2022 Commencement speaker will be Rev. Soozi Whitten Ford.

Rev. Soozi Whitten Ford serves as the Interim Associate General Secretary for Regional Ministries in the Office of the General Secretary ABCUSA; and as the (volunteer) Special Assistant to the Executive Director of International Ministries, Rev. Sharon Koh, in the role of Chaplain.

In 2021, Ford retired from the American Baptist Churches of Indiana and Kentucky, where she served as Executive Minister for more than nine years. She is a graduate of Ottawa University and Central Baptist Theological Seminary, and was ordained by Prairie Baptist Church (Prairie Village KS). Ford’s previous ministry experiences include faculty positions with Sterling College (Sterling KS) and Central Baptist Theological Seminary (Shawnee KS); pastoral positions with First Baptist Church (Casper WY) and Calvary Baptist Church (Cheyenne WY); regional ministry with Mid-American Baptist Churches (Iowa and Minnesota); and national stewardship ministry with American Baptist Churches USA. International mission experiences have included the opportunity to preach and teach, and work alongside local leaders, in Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Northeast India, and South Africa.

Throughout her ministry journey, Ford has served on numerous teams, task forces, and boards – at local and national levels. She recently completed terms with the Nehemiah Leadership Network and served as Vice Chair of the board for Green Lake Conference Center (Green Lake, WI); and on the American Baptist Women in Ministry Advisory Team. Along with Dr. Tom Wiles, she will co-chair the 2022 conference, Radical. Redeemed. Ready: Celebrating Ministering Women.

Ford has shared her life with Rev. Homer Ford (pastor of First Baptist Church, Franklin IN) for forty years, and together they have two daughters and a son-in-law: Ashley Ford, and Holly and Michael Kelly. Unscheduled time is often filled with connecting with family and dear friends; reading suspense novels; chasing the genealogical clues left by elusive ancestors; coaxing flowers to grow instead of weeds; knitting and planning the next travel adventure.

Handicap Access: There is handicap access at Christ Church Oak Brook. 


  • Guests will enter the building via Door 1.
  • Students will enter the building via Door 17.
  • Once admitted, students will proceed to Fellowship Room 3 for robing.
  • For the processional, faculty and students will be lined up in the 230s corridor and then proceed into the sanctuary
  • To the degree possible, guests from the same family should sit close to one another in groups to ensure that there is enough room in the sanctuary to accommodate all guests
  • At the conclusion of the service, ushers will dismiss the guests by rows to avoid crowding and maintain social distancing.


Guest Registration

Seating capacity is 1,000 in the main sanctuary of Christ Church of Oak Brook.  For all guests who register online, you will receive a photo of the Northern Seminary Graduating Class of 2022. Please click here to register online. We welcome you and would love to connect with you.



Information for Graduates

For information about graduation requirements, caps and gowns, invitations and more, click the link below.

2022 Masters Graduation Information

2022 Doctoral Graduation Information


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