At the annual ceremony on Saturday, December 14, 2013, the Trinity community celebrated the commencement of 89 students—27 traditional, 53 Adult Studies, and for the first time, nine from the graduate studies program.
Families and friends of the graduates gathered in the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium to witness the presentation of the diplomas. The invocation was delivered by Don Woo, dean for ethnic diversity and multicultural programs.
The Commencement address, “Life Is a Mystery,” was delivered by Beth Decker ’67, chair of the Trinity Board of Trustees. Decker spoke with humor and frankness about life and the future.
“You, graduates, are graduating from a Christian institution–a place where you were loved and valued and encouraged. I am sure when you made the choice to come here, you wanted that perspective on your learning. Now it is your turn to give that to the world. Sure, success is great. Of course, we want you to use this gift of an education for good in the world. But what about you personally? What do you need to live a truly joyful and honest life with integrity? You need God.”
The College also celebrated the emeritation of Dr. Brad Breems, professor of sociology and the 2013 recipient of the Professor of the Year Award. Following a sabbatical in the spring semester, Breems will retire in May.
The song of response and the song of praise were sung by Instructor of Music Nicole Saint-Victor, accompanied by Greg Saint-Victor on piano. The Commencement litany was led by Barbara Wolterink ’92, one of the graduates of the master’s degree program.
Alumni greetings were offered by Travis Bandstra ’06 director of alumni relations, and the benediction was given by Chaplain Willis Van Groningen, Ph. D.