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With more than 500 relatives and friends on hand, the College conferred 61 bachelor's degrees and 26 teaching certificates at the December 18 commencement in the Ozinga Chapel. Graduates included students in both the traditional and adult studies programs. 

In her keynote address, Dr. Nelvia Brady, business professor and director of ethnic diversity, urged the graduating class to make a difference in the world by engaging in their God-given passion with courage and tenacity.

"God has given you everything that you need," she said. "He has chosen gifts just for you, and He wants your life to make a difference. To make a difference you must care deeply about something or someone bigger than yourselves.

"Discover and pursue the passion that God has put into your heart. Sometimes you'll have to stand alone; ask God to increase your faith. Each of us has the power to make a difference, and collectively we have the power to create a better world."

Business professor Dr. Randall Voorn, whose son, James, received his degree, gave the invocation. Dr. John Hoekstra, professor of education in adult studies, led the litany reading, and Rev. Doug Pruim '97, president of Trinity's alumni association, welcomed its newest members into the fold.

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