Commencement 2013: Six Powerful Words for Life
WILMORE, Ky. — After more than 120 years of equipping graduates to impact the world, Asbury University established a new Commencement tradition this year that reflects its growing array of educational strategies.
For the first time on Saturday, Asbury held two graduation ceremonies: one for its traditional undergraduate students receiving bachelor’s degrees, and an additional ceremony for graduate and degree-completion students graduating through the Adult Professional Studies (APS) program.
The Graduate and Professional Studies ceremony took place in the morning in Hughes Auditorium, where the audience reflected the support system of spouses, children and extended family that are often essential to the success of graduate and degree-completion students. Sarah Moore, an APS graduate who received a bachelor of science in management and ethics, was happy to join her siblings in holding a college degree.
“To go to a college with not only professional but also personal beliefs in alignment makes me feel that much more successful,” she said.
In the afternoon, traditional undergraduate students gathered at the Luce Center with family and friends for their graduation ceremony. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Edward Blews, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and addressed God’s instruction to the Israelites in Micah 6:8: “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
“As one who knows Christian higher education very well, I can testify that you are becoming alumni today of a truly outstanding Christian university,” Blews said. “You have been educated not only with knowledge, but with wisdom and truth that come from God.”
On Friday evening, Asbury’s baccalaureate service included remarks from Dr. Matt Friedeman, a pastor, author and father to three recent Asbury graduates.
“As we celebrate Commencement with the graduates’ friends and families and eagerly anticipate the adventures the Lord has prepared for each person, we also celebrate His faithfulness to shape, teach and provide for each student over the past years as they’ve prepared for this milestone,” said Provost Jon Kulaga. “The needs of the world are vast, and God has been developing in each student the skills and relationships that will enable them to minister to those needs. Asbury is honored to be a part of that process for the Awakened Class of 2013.”