Schreiner University will hold its Fall 2018 Commencement Ceremony on Fri Dec 14 at 10 a.m. in the Schreiner University Events Center, and its Baccalaureate Ceremony on Thurs Dec 13 at 5 p.m. in the Junkin Campus Ministry Center.

The Reverend Kelsey Penn, Coordinator of Purposeful Lives and Assistant Campus Minister at Schreiner, will be the baccalaureate speaker. The service starts at 5 p.m. on Dec 13 in the Junkin Campus Ministry Center and is open to the public.

Dr. Colby M. Adolph will be the commencement speaker. The graduation ceremony starts at 10 a.m. on Dec 14 in the Schreiner University Event Center. Graduation is open to the public, and the ceremony will be broadcast live over the Internet at

A native of Lago Vista, Texas, Rev. Penn received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Schreiner University and holds a Masters of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Between her undergraduate and graduate studies, she served as a Young Adult Volunteer through the Presbyterian Church (USA) where she worked with at-risk teenagers on the Westside of San Antonio. Penn is currently the Coordinator of Purposeful Lives for Schreiner University. Penn was recently ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament by Mission Presbytery adding Assistant Campus Minister to her title.

Raised in Houston, Dr. Adolph graduated from Schreiner in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. She completed a Ph.D. in Chemistry specializing in Organic Chemistry at Purdue University. Around the Purdue campus and Greater Lafayette Community, Adolph participated in outreach to teach underrepresented minorities about the opportunities provided by higher education, especially in STEM fields.

Adolph has been a part of various executive boards of organizations that promote this effort including, the National Organization of the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), Purdue’s Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA), and Purdue’s Chemistry Department’s Diversity Transformation Award Team. Adolph is currently a Scientist in the Innovation Management Department at the Tippecanoe Laboratories of Evonik Industries. There she works on the development and scale-up of active pharmaceutical ingredients for bulk pharmaceutical manufacturing of cancer drugs and veterinary drugs. She resides in Lafayette, Indiana.

For more information about the baccalaureate and commencement programs, contact Darlene Bannister, registrar, at, phone 830-792-7356 or go to