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Advancing a Vision for a Better World: 2016 Convocation Address

May 02, 2016

Legend has it that one of the King’s former Presidents at this point more than doubled the time of the ceremony. #CaptiveAudience! While there is much to say, I will not do that to you today. I understand that there are likely party plans. And so there should be. There is much to celebrate!

Dr. Pauls, thank you so much for your words of wisdom to us today. It has been a great pleasure to have you with us.

Honourable Minister Marlin Schmidt, Member of Parliament Linda Duncan, Members of the Board of Governors, Senate, esteemed colleagues, students, family and friends – thank you for being here to celebrate with us the accomplishments of our graduates.

Class of 2016, congratulations! Well done! We are very proud of you! 

The King’s University exists to “provide university education that inspires and equips learners to bring renewal and reconciliation to every walk of life as followers of Jesus Christ, the Servant-King.”

You have been well prepared for the next stage of your life’s journey and for a lifetime of continued learning and professional success. You have been prepared to actively engage, shape and bring positive change to your world.

The King’s University vision is to become more widely known for who we are and to pursue new initiatives that advance a more humane, just and sustainable world. You, our world changers, will do just that.

With each graduating class, King’s gets stronger. You are joining a talented and resourceful network of King’s alumni. We will be excited to hear about where your next ventures take you! Let us know how we might continue to serve you and your community. I look forward to seeing you when I am out and about on King’s business.

It was inspiring to connect and hear stories of alum this past year. In Ottawa, I met with Lisa DeMoor, an alumna who has a fascinating role with the Privy Council. The Privy Council is a secretariat of the federal cabinet charged with providing non-partisan advice and support to the Prime Minister, leadership coordination and support to the departments and agencies of the federal government. In her role she has been able to work on some pretty important and interesting files, such as the Ebola Virus and Missing Indigenous Women.

For recent alums Greg Kung and David Hoekstra who have Bachelor of Arts degrees from our Politics, History and Economics program making a difference in their world meant working hard on recent federal campaigns.

Our alumni, whether recent or not so recent, continue to live out the King’s vision. This year at King’s, we have students from 33 countries and today we celebrate this diversity with Class of 2016 graduates from the Netherlands, Nigeria, Kenya, Angola, South Africa, Singapore, South Korea, China, United States and from Canada.

So where will this vision take you? How will you make a difference in your homes and countries? My hope and prayer for each one of you is that you will know the love of God, that you engage deeply with the community around you and offer up all of yourselves your learning, gifts, talents and creativity towards making your world a better place for others.

In closing as we have celebrated the achievements of the Graduation Class of 2016, I would ask you to stand as I speak this blessing over you.

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.                           

 

Amen.

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