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Commencement 2009

What does God require of you?

This question was posed to 197 traditional and 56 adult studies graduates at Commencement ceremonies on May 16, 2009.

The answer from the Book of Micah was expounded upon in the Commencement address delivered by Kathy Engelken, executive director of Illinois Campus Compact.

Illinois Campus Compact is an organization that promotes service and civic learning. In her role, Engelken assists member schools of Illinois Campus Compact, such as Trinity, to develop programming in civic engagement for their students. She also consults the member colleges, helps arrange speakers, serves as a nexus for contacts nationally, and produces publications.

In giving credit to various students for their commitment to service, Engelken illustrated how Trinity students offer hope to their local and global communities and thereby live out the words of Scripture.

“Today as you leave this holy ground of Trinity Christian College,” said Engelken, “I invite you into a life where you will act justly in a world that needs justice to have peace; to love tenderly in a world that cannot survive unless we love and care for one another in our own homes, our own community, and the global society; and to walk humbly with your God in a world that needs hope from those of us who know that God calls us to walk where there is a need to serve.”

The Commencement litany composed by graduating seniors Caitlin Chambers of Mars, Pennsylvania, and Cara Tacoma of Cadillac, Michigan, was led by Jeff Roon ’09 of Hudsonville, Michigan, student association president (2008-09). Conferral of degrees was delivered by President Steven Timmermans, Ph.D., and diplomas were presented by Provost Elizabeth Rudenga, Ph.D. Alumni greetings were offered by Nadia Swearingen-Friesen ’89, president of the alumni board of directors.

Justin Rodriguez ’09 of Homewood, Illinois, led the litany, and Travis Bandstra ’06, director of alumni relations, offered alumni greetings at the Adult Studies ceremony in the afternoon.


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