Convocation is a special time of fellowship and worship as the campus community gathers to celebrate the beginning of the academic year.
Wednesday, August 28, marked not only the start of the fall semester, but also the 50th anniversary of one of the nation’s most significant events: the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Provost Liz Rudenga, Ph.D. welcomed the Trinity community back to campus.
Student Worship Scholar Loretta Findysz ’16 of Worth, Illinois, gave the invocation.
Professor of the Year Dr. Brad Breems, professor of sociology, noted the coinciding events of Convocation and the special anniversary of the day Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech.
In his address, “Foundation, Vision, and Preparation: the Liberality of a Trinity Education in the Real World”, Breems chose three features of a Christian liberal arts education to discuss, including solid foundation: God as God and God revealed; vision based on a long tradition yet always re-forming; and preparation: gaining knowledge and wisdom; contextualizing; critiquing.
Dr. Craig Mattson, professor of communication arts, and Javairia Taylor ’14 of Bolingbrook, Illinois, led the audience through the litany reading based on Psalm 50.
Prior to the benediction by Chaplain Willis Van Groningen, Ph.D., Provost Rudenga, Dean of Students Mark Hanna, and Student Association President Nate Tameling ’14 of Burr Ridge, Illinois, offered prayers of thanksgiving for faculty, staff, and students.