Former Florida Gov. John E. “Jeb” Bush and Dr. Ron Moore, senior pastor of The Bible Chapel, will receive honorary degrees at Grove City College’s 134th Commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, on the Quad between Harbison Chapel and Crawford Hall on campus.
Bush, who will speak about “America’s Promise in Uncertain Times” at Commencement, is receiving a Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Moore, who will address graduates at the Baccalaureate service at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, on the Quad, is receiving a Doctor of Divinity degree. Both men are being honored for their distinguished contributions to their fields.
Bush served as the Sunshine State’s governor from 1999 to 2007. He is an acknowledged reformer and policy wonk who brings civility to and elevates political discourse. The son of President George H.W. Bush and brother of President George W. Bush, he is said to be considering a run for the office himself. He isn’t the first Bush to speak at Grove City College. Former first lady Laura Bush addressed the College’s graduates in May 2011 and helped kick off the Grove City Matters capital campaign.
He is currently head of Jeb Bush and Associates, a consulting firm where clients range from small technology start-ups to well-known Fortune 500 companies. He is also the chairman of Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national foundation focused on education reform, co-chairman of the Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation and chair of the National Constitution Center. He is co-author of “Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution.”
He lives in Miami with his wife Columba. They have three children and three grandchildren.
Moore has led the The Bible Chapel, a non-denominational church in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, since 1992. Before he joined the multi-site church in 1989 he was a teacher and baseball coach in Oklahoma and Texas.
Moore started The Journey, a ministry designed to teach God’s word in a refreshing and relevant way through traditional media, social media, publishing and speaking. Its radio show is heard on 100 outlets around the country. The Journey’s website features daily devotionals and blog posts on marriage, parenting, men’s issues and leadership. Moore has also written three books.
He and his wife Lori have four children, three of whom have attended Grove City College – Brittany Leuenberger ’08, Garrison Moore ’11 and Lara Moore who is graduating this year. Daughter Mackenzie is a junior in high school.
Commencement will also feature an address by student Julia Haines ’14, of Hockessin, Del., who will speak on “Taking Grove City With Us.” Haines, a biochemistry major, is a member of the leadership honoraries Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board and Sigma Theta Chi sorority. She served as editor-in-chief of the Grove City College Journal of Law & Public Policy, president of Panhellenic Council, Student Government Association Senior Senator of Communications and Marketing and Alumni Committee Co-Chair of the Homecoming Committee. She was also a Department of Chemistry research assistant and a finalist for Senior Woman of the Year.
The College is expected to award degrees to 585 class of 2014 graduates.
In case of inclement weather, Commencement and Baccalaureate will be held in the Arena in the Physical Learning Center on campus.