2020 Kuyper College Commencement


Commencement Ceremony Opening Remarks: Matthew Nelson, Chair of the Board of Trustees



Honors Convocation Student Awards:
Kuyper College faculty and staff



Commencement Address: 
Rev. Darrell Delaney

Rev. Darrell Delaney is the Pastor at Madison Church, Square Campus in Grand Rapids, MI. He is an alumnus of Kuyper College, class of 2005. Darrell has a M.Div and Graduate Certificate of Urban Pastoral Ministry from Western Theological Seminary (2012) and a Master of Theology from Calvin Theological Seminary (2014).

Darrell has served on the Board of Trustees at Kuyper College for the last 5 years.

Darrell is married to Kia and they have six children. He enjoys walks at the park and the beach, blogging, family time, and chess. His life verse is: John 15:16


Message from the Class of 2020:
Allison Roehl, Social Work

Allison is graduating from Kuyper College with a double major in Social Work and Bible & Theology. During her time at Kuyper, Allie interned at the Pregnancy Resource Center and following graduation will be working there as a full time Data Entry Specialist and Client Advocate.

Among her many academic achievements at Kuyper, Allie was awarded the NASW Michigan Chapter Award for excellence in Social Work and the Zondervan Publishing Award.


Commissioning of Kuyper College Graduates:
Dr. Patricia R. Harris, President


Greetings and Words of Congratulations:
Kuyper College faculty


Honors Convocation Award Recipients:

ABHE Honor Society Delta Epsilon Chi Award
Michael Karanja
Eli Vang

Social Work Award
Sarah Gardner
Leah Jueckstock

Business Leadership Award
Michael Karanja
Moses Kayuni

NASW, Michigan Chapter Award
Allison Roehl

Greek Language Award
Haju Kim
Kongcheng Yang

Student Service Award
Leah Jueckstock
Kenton Loux

Intercultural Studies Award
Elisabeth Feekes

Youth Ministry Award
Brooke Teitsma

Interdisciplinary Studies Award
Julie Matthysse

AYME Award
Jessica VanBrocklin

Ministry Leadership Award
Kongcheng Yang

Zondervan Publishing Award
Leah Jueckstock
Allison Roehl
Brooke Teitsma


Presentation of Degrees:

Bachelor of Science:

Bethany Ruth Adkins

Hannah Joy Adkins

Madeleine Elle DeVries*

Michael Munji Karanja
Magna Cum Laude

Moses Kayuni
Magna Cum Laude

Kenton Loux*
Cum Laude

Allyson Reiffer*
Magna Cum Laude

Derek Michael Fauble*

Elisabeth Feekes*
Magna Cum Laude

Haju Kim*
Summa Cum Laude

Lydia Goulet*
Cum Laude

Julie Kay Matthysse*
Magna Cum Laude

Jonathon R. Stevens

Jacob Streelman*

Keith Jacob Williams*
Magna Cum Laude

Mallory Chrisman*
Cum Laude

Jeremy Robert Groen*

Ethan S. Hartman*
Cum Laude

Benjamin Joel Kroeze*
Cum Laude

Caleb J. Marcus*

Rachel Ann Potter*

Brooke Teitsma*
Summa Cum Laude

Jessica Marie VanBrocklin*

Eli N. Vang*

Luke Edward Wolfe*

Kongcheng Yang*
Magna Cum Laude

Natalie Lyn Wierenga*
Summa Cum Laude

Joshua Harold Smith*
Magna Cum Laude

Rebekah Mae Griffith*
Cum Laude

Bachelor of Social Work:

Monika Assenov
Magna Cum Laude

Sarah J. Gardner
Summa Cum Laude

Samantha Louise Huerta

Leah Ruth Jueckstock*
Summa Cum Laude

Allison Roehl*
Summa Cum Laude

Nicolette Judson Stoutenberg

Katherine M. Toppel

Katrina Lynne Meyers

Taylor John Geddes

Ana Zuidema


Graduates of our Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Social Work degrees were awarded academic achievement cords as a distinguished symbol of their academic excellence and is noted after their name.

Gold cord: Summa Cum Laude, GPA of 3.9 and above

Silver cord: Magna Cum Laude, GPA of 3.7 to 3.89

Red cord: Cum Laude, GPA of 3.5 to 3.69

*While all students earn 21 credits of Bible and theology, this denotes students who have earned a major in Bible and theology.


The Kuyper Lamp:

Kuyper College gives the Kuyper Lamp to graduates as a symbol of their calling to be "a light in a dark world" (Matthew 5:14-15). The lamp is a reminder to the graduates of their calling that brought them to Kuyper and of the charge given by the President at graduation that they are now to "Go! Let your light shine!"

The various woods of the Kuyper Lamp are symbolic of the international scope and diverse student body of the institution, reflective of Revelation 5:9-10.

The College medallion, ora et labora (pray and work), reflects the purpose of Kuyper College to equip God's people for Christian ministry and service throughout the world.

Central to learning at Kuyper College is God's Word, represented by the lamp. The other symbols are the crown of faith, the anchor of hope, and the cloak of loving service.

Our prayers go with the graduates as they reach this new milestone in their lives of service to our Lord and Savior.


Kuyper College Board of Trustees:

Jason Bomers, Treasurer
Ashanti Bryant, Vice Chair
Darrell Delaney
Karen Helder
Eric Hoogstra

Janice Koopman
Daniel Maat
Matthew Nelson, Chair
David Smies, Secretary


Kuyper College Faculty, Adjunct Faculty & Emeritus Faculty:


Marc Andreas, M.B.A., Associate Professor of Business Leadership and Business Leadership Program Director
Sarah Behm, M.A., Registrar
Jeffrey Fisher, Ph.D., Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Theological Studies
Darwin Glassford, Ph.D., Director of Online Learning
Patricia Harris, Ed.D., President
Kelli Hoffman, M.S.W., Assistant Professor of Social Work and Director of Field Practicum
Lisa Hoogeboom, D.Min., Professor of Intercultural and Biblical Studies
Daniel Kroeze, Ph.D., Professor of Biblical Studies
Michelle Norquist, M.L.I.S., Director of Library Services
Branson Parler, Ph.D., Professor of Theological Studies
Greg Scott, M.S.W., Professor of Social Work and Social Work Program Director
Brian Telzerow, D.Min., Professor of Youth Ministry and Ministry Leadership Program Director
Richelle White, Ph.D., Professor of Youth Ministry and Director of Field Practicum
Andrew Zwart, M.Ed., Interdisciplinary Studies Program Director and Director of Academic Support


Dan Ackerman, D.Min.
Wendy Fisher, M.Div.
Mike Gafa, M.A.
Lisa Garvelink, Ph.D.
Patricia Harris, Ed.D.
Lynne Heyne, B.B.A.
Carol Hochhalter, D.W.S.
Eric Hoogstra, Ph.D.
Kara Kits, Ph.D.
Mike McCarty, M.Div.

Pilar Meyer-Dunning, LMSW
Attah Obande, M.B.A.
Melissa Okenka, M.A.
Jana Postma, M.A.
Sheri Rogers, M.A.
John Rottschafer, Ph.D.
John Sparks, M.S.
Stephen Staggs, Ph.D.
Dustie Wiggins, J.D.


Paul Bremer, Ph.D.
Harold Bruxvoort, D.A.
Douglas Felch, Ph.D.
Richard Hertel, D.Min.
George Kroeze, Ph.D.
Nicholas Kroeze, Ed.D.

Ben Meyer, Ed.D.
Judi Ravenhorst Meerman, Ph.D.
James Ritsema, Ph.D.
Edwin Roels, Th.D.
Patricia Tigchelaar, M.A.
Dianne Zandbergen, M.L.S.



CLASS OF 2020!