2017 Kuyper Graduation

May 1, 2017

"You are invited to join what God is doing in redemptive history," said Reverend John Burden. He was giving the commencement address at the graduation of Kuyper College's 2017 Class on Friday, April 28.

He urged graduating students to pay attention to God's calling, drawing examples from bible stories—such as the story of Moses and the burning bush—advising graduates to actively seek God's calling. "I have often wondered how long the bush was burning before Moses noticed it," he said. He also encouraged those dealing with doubt to consider the history of the church, filled with doubt and insecurity about the faith.

During the opening ceremonies, Interim President, Dr. Carl Zylstra gave the welcome address, while Jacquelyn Bolt, Board of Trustees Chair, offered the opening prayer. Prior to the presentation of diplomas, Social Work major Rosha Crawford brought the Message from the Class of 2017. She spoke about how this graduating class’ future careers and work should always interact with the lives of other people—saying how “every career involves this kind of ministry.” As the ceremony drew to a close,
Dr. Zylstra presented diplomas and commissioned the class of 2017 to “go in peace to love and serve the Lord.”

During the ceremonies, the gathered assembly of faculty, parents, students and friends sang the hymn "Be Thou My Vision" and the Kuyper Choir, directed by student, Sarah Horton, performed "Cantate Domino."