As faculty lined the aisle, new students made their way to the front of Liberty Chapel for our annual Convocation on Wednesday. Dr. Bitner welcomed them and explained the history and purpose of a Convocation.
Dr. Bitner explained the purpose of a Convocation.
Arianna Erixson, Student Senate President, gave a charge to the entire student body in regard to being a family and supporting each other. Dr. An provided special music, and the new students were introduced to the school song for the first time. Dr. Cone shared a message and gave some humorous answers to frequently asked questions.
Dr. Cone shared a message.
We are excited to welcome both new and returning students for another year of training and service.
As is traditional at Calvary, the father of one of this year’s graduates spoke at the Baccalaureate Service on May 4. Steve Wong is the senior pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Belmont, California, and the father of Karinna Wong. He challenged the graduates to face their fears, because God is more powerful than any fear with which they struggle. 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Reverend Wong also did a great Cowardly Lion impression!
Reverend Steve Wong
Baccalaureate is a service of worship and dedication held on the day before Commencement. Graduates and faculty wear regalia and walk in procession.
On Wednesday, chapel time was devoted to welcoming the new students via Convocation. Faculty wore regalia and lined the center aisle. The new students entered to applause and sat in the first several rows. Returning students and staff filled many of the remaining chairs. Once the faculty made their way to the stage, Dr. Bitner read some of the history of convocation, and we sang a hymn. Luke Pauli, the Student Senate President, gave a heart-felt charge to the new students and asked them to live each day as if it were their last. Hailey Bair, a talented student, sang “How Great Thou Art.” Dr. Cone’s presidential charge encouraged the students to be like Onesiphorus, who “refreshed” Paul as seen in 2 Timothy 1:16.
The students were told more than once that Calvary will provide them with a fine education – just like many other schools would. However, what sets Calvary apart from those other schools is the family atmosphere. Welcome to the family, new students!
What a beautiful sight – a chapel full of students!
With new students arriving in less than one week, another school year seems to be hurtling toward us! That is why our faculty and staff spent Thursday in meetings focused on preparations for the upcoming semester. Dr. Cone encouraged us from God’s Word, and the other members of the Cabinet gave reports from their respective departments.
One bit of news that I would like to pass on to you is about our enrollment numbers. We are praising the Lord that more than 315 students are currently registered for classes in Cycle 2*! Thank you for your prayers in that area. *Calvary’s academic year is now structured into 8-week cycles. Cycle 2 is August 28-October 20.
We are also excited about the progress being made on renovating the former seminary building into the new home of the Hilda Kroeker Library and Clark Academic Center. In addition to that project, we anticipate that work will soon begin on transforming the Student Life Center (formerly Turner’s German-American Hall which we purchased last fall) into our new dining hall. Please pray with us for safety, quality work, and timely completion.
Dr. Cone spoke to the faculty and staff on Thursday.