By Tyler Moss
Another semester came to a close on the campus of Southwestern Christian University as friends and family gathered in Pickens-Springer Gymnasium on Saturday, May 4th, for SCU’s 64th Annual Commencement Ceremony.
The event was highlighted by a commencement address from Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb. An Enid, Okla. native, Lamb has spent many years in public service to the state of Oklahoma and made his return to the SCU campus after speaking at chapel last year.
Lamb spoke about the changes in Oklahoma in terms of career options and fields of employment, encouraging graduates to stay in the state in which they received their education. He told the story of Nehemiah’s willingness to put aside his own plans to fulfill the role that God had prepared for him, and challenged the graduates to take that same approach into the next leg of their journey.
“Just as Nehemiah accepted the role that God had in store for him, I challenge you to do the same,” said Lt. Governor Lamb. “I’m not talking about complacency – that’s not what acceptance is. It is being in his will and accepting the role that he has for you in His time. He has been preparing you just as he prepared Nehemiah. Whether you are finishing your Master’s or your undergrad, the mission that Christ has called you to is just beginning.”
“We never know what God has in store for us,” Lamb added. “Fortunately for us, that is impossible to know, but you have done things in college that God has put in your life for a reason. You may not know what those specific things are right now, but they will help you to flourish and prosper for His sake in the future.”
The lieutenant governor delivered his speech to 103 graduates, including 13 Master’s degree recipients, 82 Bachelor’s degree recipients and eight Associate’s degree recipients.
Leading a list of special award recipients was graduate Robert Lenk, the Academic Achievement Award winner who was selected by faculty and administration to deliver the student response to the president’s charge. Nova Hartsook and Sarah Van Dreese received Transformational Leadership Awards; Hannah Daniel received the Servant Award; Phylis Hadley received the Faculty Service Award; and Dr. Adrian Rus received the Faculty Scholar Award. Sheila Algan, M.D. was also presented with a Community Service Award for her service as team physician with the university’s varsity sports teams.
Graduation weekend is always a highlight of the school year as we celebrate another group of Christian leaders who will impact their world for Jesus Christ in business and ministries all around the world.
Thu, May 23, 2013
by Kevin Richardson