United States Senator
Jon Kyl Delivers 2012 Arizona Christian University Commencement
Arizona Christian University is pleased to announce that United States
Senator Jon Kyl will be the graduation speaker at its 2012 Commencement
ceremonies on May 12, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601
E. Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale.
“Sen. Kyl has served the citizens of Arizona with great character and
distinction for nearly three decades,” said Len Munsil, ACU President.
“As the second-highest ranking Republican in the Senate, he has been a
key decision-maker on every major issue confronting our nation in recent
days. We are honored that one of America’s most influential Christian
leaders will share his experiences with our graduates and their families
on this special day.”
Arizona Christian University will graduate its largest class ever of 90
students with bachelor’s degrees in a variety of majors including
education, business administration, behavioral health, Biblical studies,
Christian ministries, and music.
In addition to the commencement ceremony, the University will host a
Senior Awards Ceremony and Reception Honoring the Graduating Class of
2012. At the reception, ACU will recognize top students in all majors as
well as outstanding musicians and athletes. The reception will be held
in the ACU Student Activities Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 11.
ABOUT JON KYL
Arizona Senator Jon Kyl is serving his third and final term in the U.S.
Senate after previously serving for eight years in the U.S. House of
Representatives. He was elected unanimously by his colleagues in 2008 to
serve as Republican Whip, the second-highest position in Senate
Senator Kyl serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he has
played key roles in the confirmation of John Roberts as chief justice of
the U.S. Supreme Court, and of Samuel Alito as associate justice. As a
member of the Judiciary Committee, he has also helped write the landmark
Crime Victims Rights Act, as well as important provisions of the Patriot
Act, the Military Commissions Act, and other anti-terrorism laws.
As a member of the Finance Committee, he has been chief advocate of
death-tax repeal and other pro-growth tax policies, including low tax
rates on income, capital gains, and dividends. He has also been a strong
proponent of step-by-step solutions for health-care reform that can
improve access, lower costs, and preserve the sacred doctor-patient
Wall Street Journal wrote in February 2011 that Senator Kyl “has made
his mark the old fashioned way – by knowing what he is talking about.”
The New York Times, in a February 2012 piece, called Kyl “the emissary
of the Republican leadership, a gatekeeper of conservatism, and a bridge
between his party’s most ardent conservatives and more pragmatic
centrists.” His command of policy is why national television news
networks often invite him to serve as a commentator on various national
TIME magazine recognized Senator Kyl as one the “World’s 100 Most
Influential People” in 2010, and as one of the 10 best senators in 2006.
Capitol Hill’s newspaper, The Hill, identified him as one of the “25
hardest working lawmakers.”
Before his public service, Kyl practiced law at Jennings, Strouss &
Salmon in Phoenix. In 1985, he served as chairman of the Phoenix Chamber
Born in Oakland, Nebraska, Kyl received both his bachelor’s and law
degrees from the University of Arizona. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and
was editor-in-chief of the Arizona Law Review. He and his wife Caryll
have two children, Kristine Kyl Gavin and John Kyl, and seven