September 7, 2016
Members of the Kuyper community—staff, faculty and freshman and upperclassmen, gathered for a special chapel service as Kuyper College welcomed the new academic year with its annual Opening Convocation.
The faculty wore their academic caps and gowns, making them stand out and lending a particularly solemn yet joyful air to the event. Dr. Patricia Harris, Kuyper’s Provost, said about the event, “It engages the community in worship, as we give thanks to God for the opportunity to teach, learn, and serve at Kuyper College.”
College President, Nick Kroeze, gave the opening and closing remarks. Holding a candle, he said to the Kuyper community, “You are the light of the world.” Though opening convocations occur in most institutions of higher learning, the ceremony at Kuyper carries with it a focused call to be the hands and feet of Christ to a broken world.
Dr. Harris introduced new faculty and staff members, and she also delivered the address. She introduced the chapel theme of the academic year, the supremacy of Christ, as well as the accompanying passage many speakers will use this year: Colossians chapter 1. This is a fitting theme for Kuyper College, given Abraham Kuyper’s, famous, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine!’”
Opening Convocation at Kuyper is one of two convocations that act as bookends to the academic year. Honors Convocation at the end of April celebrates graduating students and their upcoming ministries.