Gov. Scott Walker to Deliver CIU Commencement Address

April 23, 2021

Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will deliver the commencement address to the Columbia International University Class of 2021 during commencement ceremonies to be held May 1 at Shandon Baptist Church on Forest Drive in Columbia beginning at 10 a.m.

Walker was elected the 45th governor of Wisconsin in 2010, and in 2012, became the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election. In 2014 he was reelected as governor.

Today, Walker serves as president of Young America’s Foundation headquartered in Reston, Virginia. Young America’s Foundation is committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise and traditional values.

CIU President Dr. Mark Smith and CIU Provost Dr. James Lanpher will preside over the commencement, conferring degrees on 375 graduates who have earned certificates, associate of arts degrees, bachelor degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees.

This is a ticketed event with COVID precautions. Masks are highly encouraged and will be provided for those who need one. Seating will include social distancing with 50% capacity. 

Founded in 1923, Columbia International University is private, Christian and multidenominational. CIU prepares students to make a positive impact on the world through their professional calling. The university is recognized for the quality of its academic offerings, consistently ranked among the top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report.