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Trinity opened the door for another class of graduates to transform culture when the College awarded bachelor's degrees and teaching certificates to 107 students during commencement Saturday, December 13, in the Ozinga Chapel. More than 600 family members and friends attended the ceremony.

The ceremony celebrated the diligent work of 68 young men and women who completed the traditional program, and the 39 adult learners who finished the education program in the adult studies department. Keynote speaker Dennis Lonstine, professor of education in adult studies, encouraged the graduates to be thoughtful in their planning and remain committed to their calling.

Attending his first commencement as president, Dr. Steven Timmermans presented the degrees and certificates to the graduates. Carolynn Van Namen, Trinity's director of marketing and communications whose daughter, Cathryn, was among the graduating students, offered the invocation. Dr. John Hoekstra, who also teaches education in adult studies, led the litany reading. Dennis Harms '89, director of alumni and donor relations, cited U. S. Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice in his remarks as he welcomed the new alumni to Trinity's alumni association.  College chaplain Tim Hoekstra gave the benediction

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