On Saturday, December 16, the University gathered together in the gymnasium to celebrate the 69 Fall 2023 graduates.
40 students earned their masters degree, 40 earned their bachelors, and 1 earned an associates degree. 22 students were recipients of Latin Honors. The University then recognized and celebrated the individuals who earned the highest GPAs. Carolyn Stauffer earned her BS in Education and MS in PK–4 Education and had the highest GPA of a 4.0. Kacey Wees earned her BA and MS in History Education while maintaining a 3.99 GPA.
Following the awarding of diplomas and a prayer of dedication given by Dr. Plummer, Dr. Adam Porcella addressed the graduates. He encouraged the graduates that, while he cannot predict where each of their individual paths would take them, the Lord’s plan for each of them is intentional, reaching back to the Old Testament where God established a “centripetal plan” for salvation. He reminded the graduates that, as “agents of Shalom,” they must remember that “actions do have eternal impact. We do extend the kingdom of God in our daily affairs and actions.” Dr. Porcella challenged the graduates to recognize the pivotal role of obedience in following God’s call for them as they take their passions, skills, and knowledge into the world.
Congratulations, class of 2023!