Kuyper College Commencement - 2011
May 31, 2011
Amidst the traditional caps, gowns, and proud parents snapping photos, common at any college graduation ceremony; came a call unique to Kuyper graduates: “Go out into the world, let your light shine, and bring God’s grace into today’s culture!” Members of Kuyper’s class of 2011 readily understood the meaning of this solemn challenge on their lives, since they’ve been preparing for it during the past four years.
Commencement was an evening filled with celebration of past achievements and promises of what is to come. Presenting a message from the Class of 2011 was Pre-Seminary major Brady Mulder, who reminisced about his years at Kuyper and challenged fellow classmates go to out into all the world. Mulder is taking his own advice, as he and former Kuyper student Jonathan Stockland are embarking on a summer-long moped trip across the United States to raise awareness and funds for International Justice Mission.
Dr. James A. DeJong, former president of Calvin Theological Seminary brought the Commencement address. Based on Hebrews 12:1-3, he challenged graduates to: discard, strive, focus, and contemplate.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
“We can’t see what’s coming next” said Dr. DeJong, “but God can see around the corners of our lives.”
Graduates received not only their diploma, but the traditional commemorative lamp—a reminder of their charge to be a light to the world, with the latter symbolized by the seven woods from around the world used in making of the lamp’s base.