Vanguard University Announces Renowned Author And Global Thought Leader As 2017 Commencement Speaker

Vanguard University will hold its Commencement ceremony on May 5 to celebrate the graduating class of 2017. Dr. Chip Espinoza, an alum of Vanguard University’s class of 2004, is set to address 555 graduates and attendees at this year’s ceremony at Mariners Church in Irvine.

Dr. Espinoza is the co-author of several notable books in which he discusses generational diversity in the workplace. He is referenced by many as an expert in integrating all generations into a thriving workforce and is recognized globally as a leading authority on generational diversity. Dr. Espinoza also works as a consultant, serving civic, corporate, and nonprofit clients. His clients include well-known organizations such as Boeing, Microsoft, Schneider Electric, and Special Olympics.

Espinoza has also been named part of the top 15 Global Thought Leaders by the Economic Times. He currently serves as the Academic Director of the Organizational Psychology and Nonprofit Leadership programs at Concordia University in Irvine.

“Chip Espinosa is a fantastic example of where a Vanguard education can take you,” said Dr. Michael Beals, president of Vanguard University. “He has modeled our core values of truth, virtue and service, and has excelled in equipping individuals from vanguard and beyond to be thriving members of a strong workforce.”

Along with Dr. Chip Espinoza, Vanguard’s commencement ceremony will also feature an address from an exceptional student speaker. Jared-Sam Agtunong, a first-generation college student from Hawaii graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science and a minor in religion, will represent Vanguard’s student body at the commencement ceremony while sharing how the faith-based institution prepared him for life after graduation.

Agtunong is a part of numerous programs on Vanguard’s campus, including: Pi Sigma Alpha, the International Political Science Honor Society and Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. He has also represented Vanguard at academic conferences, in which he discussed philosophical and political questions with peers from universities across the country. Following graduation, Agtunong plans to return home to Hawaii to take part in local politics.

The undergraduate commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Worship Center at Mariners Church. For more information, visit