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Head of Tabor board to speak at commencement

Tabor College Board Chairman Lyndon Vix will address the 100th commencement exercises of the college, beginning at 10 a.m. May 22 at Joel H. Wiens Stadium.

As the college prepares to celebrate its 100th commencement, there are 100 proposed bachelor’s degree candidates for graduation on the Hillsboro campus. There are two associate degree candidates, 45 bachelor of science in nursing candidates, and eight master of business administration MBA candidates from the School of Adult and Graduate Studies, in Wichita, for a total of 155 proposed graduates, which would be the college’s largest graduating class. 

An attorney with the law firm of Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch in Wichita, Vix has been a member of the Tabor board since 1987 and chairman since 1998. He also serves as an adjunct professor of business law and business ethics at the Tabor College School of Adult and Graduate Studies in Wichita.

Tabor President Dr. Jules Glanzer, who invited Vix to speak, said, “Lyndon is an accomplished alum who serves as a model for our graduates.

“His success in the legal arena, his service to Tabor, and his involvement in his church are models for our graduates to emulate,” Glanzer said. “Lyndon is a great example of what a Tabor graduate can become. Plus, his daughter, Kayla, is graduating this year.”

Vix, 49, has served in several capacities within the Mennonite Brethren denomination, including vice chairman of the General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches of North America and as a member of the board of directors of the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary. He and his family are active in the First Mennonite Brethren Church in Wichita, where he has served in various leadership roles, including moderator.

Vix said he felt honored to be invited to address the 100th class of the college, adding, “It is a humbling task to try to provide some measure of wisdom to graduates about to embark on a new phase of their life journeys, especially since I continue to seek such wisdom myself.”

Vix was born in Minot, N.D., and raised on a farm outside Sawyer, N.D. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tabor College in 1982, graduating with highest honors in social science-history and political science. He also served as student body president at Tabor and as student representative on the Tabor Board.

He received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota and began practicing with Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch, L.L.C. in 1985.

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