Eric Metaxas, author and radio commentator, will be the featured speaker at Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Spring Commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
More than 480 candidates for bachelor’s, master’s and professional degrees from the West Palm Beach, Orlando, Wellington and online campuses will participate in the ceremony.
The event is open to graduates and guests who hold tickets, and will be live streamed on pba.edu.
Metaxas is widely known for his books, BONHOEFFER: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and AMAZING GRACE: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery. He is the voice of BreakPoint, a radio commentary that is broadcast to an audience of 8 million on 1,400 radio outlets. In 2012, he was the featured speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., an event attended by the President and First Lady, the Vice President, members of Congress and other U.S. and world leaders. Previous keynote speakers have included Mother Theresa, Bono and Tony Blair. Metaxas was the 17th recipient of the Canterbury Medal awarded by the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom in 2011. Previous medalists include Mitt Romney, Chuck Colson and Elie Wiesel.
In a decidedly eclectic career, Eric Metaxas has written for VeggieTales, Chuck Colson and the New York Times, three things not ordinarily in the same sentence. He is a best-selling author whose biographies, children’s books and works of popular apologetics have been translated into German, Albanian, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, Turkish, Galician, French, Complex Chinese, Dutch, Danish, Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Russian, Ukrainian, Finnish and Macedonian. The Hartford Courant has declared figuring him out “like trying to stick a pushpin in a cyclone.”
Metaxas’ humor writing was first published in the Atlantic Monthly, and has appeared in The New York Times. Woody Allen has called these pieces “quite funny.” His book and movie reviews, essays and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Regeneration Quarterly, Christianity Today, National Review Online, Beliefnet and First Things.
At Palm Beach Atlantic, this year has been declared the Year of Celebration. To date, we have recognized this special year with an electrifying Welcome Week, a spirited Community Day, the installation of President Fleming as the University’s eighth President, the new Distinguished Artist Series and a wonderful President’s Distinguished Scholar Lecture with Dr. David Bevington.