On May 3 the Graduation Week festivities began with Awards Chapel. Awards were presented by the different academic departments to deserving graduates.
Graduate Level Bible & Theology Award Recipients, Monique Spalding (l) and Karl Seele (r), with Dr. Tom Baurain
There were also non-academic awards for things like Christian character and Christian ministry.
One of the Christian Character Award Recipients, Tasha Krahn (middle), with Cory Trowbridge and Arely Perez
This year we created a new award called “Who’s Who at Calvary University,” and eleven undergraduates and seven graduate level students were the first to receive it.
Two of the Who’s Who at Calvary University Award Recipients, Koku (l) and Akpene (middle) Akakpo, with Dr. Bitner
Graduates who excelled with high grade point averages were presented with their cords to wear with their regalia.
Alumni Induction Luncheon
Following Awards Chapel, we invited the graduates to attend the Alumni Induction Luncheon. We enjoyed a delicious taco bar from Silber Spoons Catering!
Graduates, family, and friends enjoying the Alumni Induction Luncheon
Then I presented Alumni Association certificates to each graduate in attendance. I also took some time to recognize the spouses of the graduates for what they have done to “put honey through.” As I welcomed the graduates to the alumni family, I informed them of the benefits and responsibilities that come with that distinction. Dr. Hessel shared a brief word from the Development Department, and Jeanette Regier showed the new alumni what kind of family they are joining by sharing specific examples of Calvary alumni.
Athletic Director Jeanette Regier speaking to the graduates
Mrs. Pat Miller (left) presented the Biblical Counseling award to Judy Swartz.
As always, Commencement Week was a flurry of activity, all with the goal of sending our graduates off in a suitable fashion! We held Awards Chapel on Thursday, May 4. Each undergraduate academic department chose a graduate to honor, and non-academic awards such as character, ministry, missions, and sportsmanship were handed out as well. The Seminary and Graduate School also presented the Zondervan Greek award and International Association of Biblical Counselors Certification. After Chapel, several of the graduates and their families attended the Alumni Induction Luncheon. I welcomed them to the alumni family and explained their new responsibilities and privileges. We also took a few moments to recognize the spouses who have made sacrifices to “Put Honey Through.”
John Oglesby hands his wife, Sierra, her honey bear with a P.H.T. certificate attached for “Putting Honey Through.”