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2020-2021 Commencement

2020-2021 Commencement


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May 1

2021 Commencement

We invite you to join us as we celebrate with the graduating class of 2021!

Our speaker will be Calvary University President, Dr. Alexander Granados.

[See COVID-19 guidelines below.]

10:00 am

Graceway Church

5460 Blue Ridge Cut-off

Kansas City, MO 64133

Related Events



Awards Assembly


11:00 am

Liberty Chapel

The awarding of Department Awards, Who’s Who, Delta Epsilon Chi, Honors and Senior Gift to CU



Alumni Induction Luncheon


12:00 pm

Langmade Room

Graduates and family members should contact Dave Allen to RSVP. Click on the link or go to Contact Calvary.





11:00 am

Liberty Chapel

Our speaker will be Charles Tschetter, father of graduate Rachel Tschetter.



Commencement Rehearsal


2:00 pm

Graceway Church - 5460 Blue Ridge Cut-off, Kansas City, MO 64133


All graduates expected to attend.





  • Graceway Church is located in Jackson Country, so Jackson County guidelines apply. [Link to Jackson County COVID page.]
  • Physically distanced seating is available in the auditorium with assistance from ushers. 
  • The Graceway team frequently disinfects surfaces throughout their building.
  • Hand-sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the building. Water fountains, cafés, and coffee stations will not be available during commencement.
  • Face coverings should be worn while inside the Graceway facility. 
  • Live-streaming is available for those who are considered “high-risk” and would prefer to join us online.
  • If, within 14 days prior to commencement you test positive for COVID-19, and/or have been experiencing flu-like symptoms, or have a known exposure to COVID-19, we request that you join us via live-stream.
Student Abigail Tschetter reflects on The Fantasticks

Student Abigail Tschetter reflects on The Fantasticks

Ashley Huseby (Hucklebee, the Boy’s Mother) and Abigail Tschetter (Bellomy, the Girl’s Mother) listen carefully for eavesdroppers.

Reflection on The Fantasticks

by Abigail Tschetter

I love the theme of The Fantasticks, encapsulated by a line from the song “Try to Remember:” “Without a hurt, the heart is hollow.” The Fantasticks is a show about learning and growing through difficulty. Its main characters, Matt and Luisa, learn that the world is not what they expected, and then they take that newfound wisdom, as heartbreaking as it is, and look at it in a hopeful light. Their story has made me cry more than once, partly because it is a little sad, but mostly because it is beautiful.

Yes, the world is more than just pain-free excitement, but understanding that makes the beautiful moments stand out that much more.

That’s why it feels so special to be a part of this show at Calvary University, where I’ve had the chance to learn this lesson for myself. College is a formative time for everyone in one way or another, and that is undoubtedly true for me. I can relate to Luisa, the hopeless romantic, and to Matt, who’s sure that whatever’s around the corner is exactly what he’s dreamed of. It’s at Calvary that I really began to relate to their journey.

This is my third year at Calvary, and every semester has carried some kind of expectation that was not met in the way I anticipated. I have struggled with loneliness and anxiety, disappointments and discontentment, insecurity, frustration, and plenty of other things in between. Yet I have also found community and friendship, peace and joy. In particular, my involvement in Calvary Theatre has taught me about service, confidence, humility, and worship, on and offstage. Each semester at Calvary has grown me and taught me something about myself, my relationships, the blessings in my life, and most importantly, the unfailing goodness of God.

It is a true blessing to have the chance to bring this show to life at a school and in a department that has contributed so much to my growth. It feels like coming full circle to share what I have learned—and will surely continue to learn—with the Calvary community that helped me learn it.

Bellomy, a fastidious gardener, waters her thirsty little peppers.

The Fantasticks: Hurt and Growth

The Fantasticks: Hurt and Growth

Matt (Adam Weeks) and Luisa (Rebekkah Harms) discover a deeper truth about love in ‘The Fantasticks’.

The Fantasticks: Hurt and Growth

by Logan Hiskey

In The Lion King, the characters Rafiki and Simba discuss change and facing past hurts. Rafiki then whacks Simba on the head with his stick. Confused, Simba asks why Rafiki did such a thing.

“Doesn’t matter, it’s in the past,” Rafiki says.

“Yeah, but it still hurts,” Simba replies as he rubs his head.

“Oh yes, the past can hurt,” Rafiki answers. “But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” Again, Rafiki swings his stick at Simba, but this time Simba ducks out of the way.

In this scene Rafiki teaches Simba a very valuable lesson about hurt. It exists, whether it is past, present, or future.

Likewise, this idea is one of the predominant themes of the show. In the opening song “Try to Remember,” the narrator, El Gallo, defines the theme when he says, “Without a hurt, the heart is hollow.” These words are best exemplified by the two main characters, Matt and Luisa, and their journey through the play. They start as young, foolish, and myopic lovers so engrossed in their fantasies and idealization of romance that their parents label them “fantastic!”

Spoiler Warning: Click to Read

           In Act One, everything is practically perfect and idyllic: the moonlit sky, the thrilling relationship hidden from their “feuding” fathers (or mothers), the rescue from an abduction, and then happily ever after.

           However, it does not end at that moment, for The Fantasticks is a coming-of-age story. At the beginning of Act Two, El Gallo dispels the moonlight and says,

           “life never ends in the moonlit night;

           And despite what pretty poets say,

           The night is only half the day.”

           Matt and Luisa must learn and mature the hard way. The harsh sun brings to light their flaws and differences, and the two lovers become disappointed that the delights of romance do not last. After they realize their dissatisfaction in each other, they separate and strive to satisfy their naïve desires elsewhere. And here, with their separation, the hurt begins. They find what they were looking for, but it only brings a new onset of pain for both Matt and Luisa.

           But there is good news. Rafiki’s wisdom rings true. Through their hurt, they are no longer hollow, for they have learned and grown from it. After their reunion, their relationship matures. They admit to their foolishness and mistakes, forgive one another, and begin to love unselfishly.

           The idea of growing through hurt may seem unfair or confusing because it is. El Gallo speaks on this and calls it a “curious paradox.” He likens it to the changing of seasons when he says, “Who understands why Spring is born out of Winter’s laboring pain? Or why we all must die a bit before we grow again.”

          This theme is one reason why The Fantasticks is such a universally-loved play and is the longest-running musical in the world. Anyone can find a bit of themselves in Matt or Luisa, for everyone has experienced pain in some fashion, but like Rafiki says, it depends on what one does with it. And in accordance with biblical truth, Scripture says that there is an appointed time for everything, which includes seasons of love and laughter, but also of hurt and sadness (Ecclesiastes 3:1–8). So it should not come as a surprise when suffering, trials, and hurt come along (1 Peter 4:12). But the Apostle Paul offers some encouragement when he says that through Christ, times of hurt and tribulation bring about perseverance, proven character, and hope (Romans 5:3–4). Therefore, The Fantasticks offers a wonderful reflection of these truths that hurt is bound to happen, but there is hope that growth can follow.

Logan Hiskey plays Mortimer, the Man Who Dies, along with being dramaturg for Calvary’s production of ‘The Fantasticks’.

Bobby Clayton Memorial Tournament Golf Registration

Bobby Clayton Memorial Tournament Golf Registration

Calvary University’s 20th Annual Golf Tournament

Bobby Clayton Memorial Golf Tournament

June 4, 2021

Click here to Register

2021 Golf Tournament in honor of Bob Clayton’s life, ministry and support of Calvary. 

Bob was a 1971 graduate of Calvary University (Calvary Bible College back in those days). Bob was an enthusiastic alumni supporter of Calvary and the school’s mission to prepare Christians to live and serve in the church and the world according to the biblical worldview”. Bob supported Calvary’s Golf Tournament fund raiser every year of its existence except in 2020 which was held right before he passed away. Up until his passing in September 2020, Bob was a pastor at Koinonia Bible Church and a master golf club fitter and teacher working out of Blue Hills Country Club. If you knew Bob personally, you knew you had a friend indeed! 

Bob Clayton


  • Format: 4-person team scramble 
  • Tournament is open to the first 36 teams. 
  • Entry fee is $125 per player. 
  • Entry fee includes Lunch prior to the start of the event and “Awards Dinner.” 
  • Raffle and Silent Auction will be held after the tournament during the dinner. 
  • Registration begins at 11:00a.m. and shotgun start begins at 1:00p.m. 


Sponsors will receive advertising space in the program for the Golf Tournament. Sponsorship levels are as follows:

$5000 – 4 Teams (full-page ad, logo on welcome banner)

$2500 – 2 Teams (full-page ad, logo on welcome banner)

$1000 – 1 Team (half-page ad)

Contact us for more information about being a sponsor of the 2021 Bobby Clayton Memorial Golf Tournament.

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Calvary Days: 3.21-22.2021

Calvary Days: 3.21-22.2021

Calvary Days

March 21-22, 2021

See for yourself what life is like as a Warrior!

    General Information

    • Calvary Days is geared toward high school juniors and seniors, and college freshman transfers.
    • What to bring: bedding, toiletries, medical release form, and payment if necessary.
    • All activities and meals are included in the registration fee!
    • Call us at 816-322-0110 for more information about group pricing.

    Registration Form