News Release


December 2006 and May 2007 graduates were recognized and celebrated during the annual Honors Convocation held Friday, May 18, in the Ozinga Chapel. Students were recognized in the categories of graduation honors, departmental honors, Honors Program graduates, and the Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate Award.

This year’s Student Laureate Allison Backous of Sauk Village, Illinois, recognized for her outstanding achievements and contributions, delivered the convocation address. Backous spoke about the truth of who we are, who we are in Christ, and how truth must be embraced for people to find peace.

“Let us allow ourselves to speak the truth about our suffering world, our suffering selves, our suffered-and-ascended Lord,” she said, “Let us tell the whole story, and in that telling, may we yearn for the true freedom of the children of God—freedom to tell the truth, freedom to listen, freedom to embrace shalom.” [Click here to read the speech in its entirety.]

Scores of other students were awarded honors, as well.

Graduation honors, given on the basis of a student’s grade point average (GPA), include highest honors, high honors, and honors. [Click here for the list of students recognized in these areas.]   

Departmental honors recognize one graduating senior from each major in a department for the student’s exceptional contribution to the life of the department and for the student’s work in and out of the classroom.

Honors Program graduates received personally inscribed medals, marking their completion of 15 semester hours of honors courses and a project of focused research or practical application on their majors.

“One of my favorite facets of the program is that it represents the collaboration between students and faculty,” said Dr. Aron Reppmann, director of the Honors Program. “The program was founded in the mid ’90s because of a group of students, and today the convocation is co-hosted by the Honors Committee and the Academic Initiative of the Student Association.”

Music for the ceremony was performed by pianist Erin Hollaar ’07, and the litany was led by Jesse Veenstra ’07. Kristin Bolan ’08 introduced Backous; Eric Downs ’07 sang the anthem; and Nathan Vis ’07, student association president, offered the closing prayer.

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