The weekend of Apr. 16–17 concluded the year for the students of Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask., with a spring concert at Knox United Church in Saskatoon and commencement ceremonies. Bethany College awarded BA degrees to 12 students, BCS to 17, diploma of biblical studies to 15, certificate of biblical studies to 1, and 4 TESOL certificates. “We have some unique distinctives,” said president Howie Wall about learning at Bethany, “discipleship; community; transformation.” He charged graduates with the words of Dr Seuss: “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way.”
On Apr. 16, 2011, ACTS Seminaries witnessed 58 men and women receive their diplomas. It was a joyous occasion for the 15 graduates from MBBS Canada. MBBS congratulates each graduates and charges them in the words of Menno Simons, “True evangelical faith cannot lie dormant. It clothes the naked, it feeds the hungry, it comforts the sorrowful, it shelters the destitute, it serves those that harm it, it binds up that which is wounded, it has become all things to all people.”
Also, Apr.17, the MBBS hub at the Winnipeg Centre for Ministry Studies, Canadian Mennonite University, granted a certificate of ministry studies to Everton McLennon (not pictured).
(Back row, l–r): Kapil Sharma (MDiv), Ryan Jantzi (MDiv), David Wiebe (MA in Christian Studies), Andrea Dueck (Master of Applied Linguistics & Exegesis), Winnie Yu (MA in Marriage and Family Therapy), Erich Petkau (MA in Christian Studies), Johannes Weber (MDiv); (second last row, l–r): Robert Dyck (MDiv), Hyung Kyu Kim (MA in Christian Studies), Gregory Dick (MDiv), Gabriel Fung (MA in Marriage and Family Therapy), Linda Saucy (MA in Marriage and Family Therapy); missing: Ju Yeon Ha (Diploma in Christian Studies), Jung Hyee Shin (MA in Christian Studies), Dave Schaffer (MDiv).
Seventy-eight graduates received degrees at Canadian Mennonite University Shaftesbury’s 2011 convocation Apr. 17 in Winnipeg. Guest speaker Rudy Wiebe (MB Bible College, 1961) said, “It is impossible to imagine my life of writing without MBBC.” Also celebrating that day were 64 students, returning days earlier from Guatemala and South Africa, who completed the CMU Outtatown program.
Two outstanding graduates were presented with the inaugural President’s Gold Medal for Scholarship, Leadership, and Service. One of them, Rebecca Ann Reesor, bachelor of music with concentrations in performance and music ministry, and winner of the CMU 2011 Verna Mae Janzen competition, has been serving in music ministry at Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church, Winnipeg.
When 138 Columbia Bible College graduates walked into the auditorium Apr. 23, an energy of reverence and rejoicing entered with them. Forty-eight certificate (1 year), 44 diploma (2 year), and 46 BA graduates crossed the stage, many with the intent to enter ministry as a vocation.
Dr. Walter Unger, president emeritus, gave the commencement address, “View from the 75th,” reflecting on both the college’s 75 years and his own – many spent serving the Abbotsford, B.C., institution. He delivered an impassioned plea for graduates to walk closely with God, to be committed to the Word, and to live lives of witness in the context of the church.
In response to valedictorian Danielle Nazarewich’s (BA, intercultural studies) exhortation,
—Paul Loewen, CBC advancement, church relations