News Release

Commencement 2008

A total of 243 graduates celebrated Commencement on Saturday, May 17, 2008, including 188 traditional baccalaureate students and 55 Adult Studies students.

38th Annual Commencement Ceremony

Dr. Burt Rozema, professor of classics and dean of academic services, addressed traditional graduates. Rozema is retiring after 26 years at Trinity but will return half-time next year as director of off-campus programs. During most of those years, he taught all of the Greek courses offered at the College, and one of the topics he discussed with students was the art of translation.

Challenging graduates to be “translators,” not of a foreign language but of their Trinity education, Rozema said, “Be in the business of translating Trinity’s core values into the ‘language’ of your profession, your personal lives, your culture, in whatever context you find yourselves.”

The core values referred to in the address, which can be read here in its entirety, are:

  • A Biblical Framework
  • Worldview Discernment
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Effective Communication
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Practical Application

William Weidenaar, J.D., Board of Trustees chair, greeted the audience, and Louella DeVries ’93, offered the invocation. Trinity’s Honors Ensemble led the Song of Response, and Student Association President Jacob DeMaster ’08 of Palos Park, Illinios, led the litany. Alumni greetings were extended by Christopher Verstrate ’96, J.D, president of the Alumni Board of Directors.

Music was provided by the Honors Ensemble; the Trinity Brass Quartet; and Minkyoo Shin, organist.
Adult Studies Commencement Ceremony

Fifty-five students graduated from the Adult Studies Accelerated Program in the afternoon ceremony on May 17.

Mary Webster Moore, assistant professor of education, delivered the commencement address titled, “Welcome to Life on the Edge.” Involved in education for more than 30 years, the former middle school teacher and principal began teaching at Trinity in 1998.

Moore based her address — which can be read here — on a quote from French poet and critic Guillaume Apollinaire: “Come to the edge, he said. They said: We are afraid. Come to the edge, he said. They came. He pushed them and they flew.”

The professor then offered “10 edge-isms by which to live and teach,” including keeping a spiritual edge, giving young students an edge, and staying on the cutting edge of your area of specialization.

President Steven Timmermans, Ph.D., greeted the audience, and Chaplain Bill Van Groningen, Ph.D., offered the invocation. The Song of Response was led by Candace Brown ’09 of Joliet, Illinois; Leslee Caldwell ’08 of Kankakee, Illinois; Clifton Hurt ’09 of Chicago; and Timotheus Treadwell ’08 of Calumet City, Illinois, on piano. Carmen Herrera ’08 of Joliet, Illinois, led the litany. Alumni greetings were extended by Kelly Netjes ’02, director of alumni relations.

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