[view a gallery of Commencement photographs at this link]
More than 6,000 were in attendance for Trevecca's Commencement ceremonies held on Saturday, May 6, at 9 A.M. in the campus quad.
Speakers for the event included Mary Ann Meiners, professor of economics, who delivered a challenge to the graduates. Three members of the graduating class spoke in response: Lindsay Gunter Wentworth represented the graduating seniors, Myron Parks spoke for MHR students, and Rebecca Eaton represented the graduate programs
Meiners challenged students to answer the call to Christian vocation, which embraces a call to witness, a call to serve, and a call to lead.
"As you receive your degrees today, I challenge you on behalf of the Trevecca community to answer the call to follow Jesus in every avenue of you life with the totality of who you are," Meiners said.
Wentworth reminded listeners of the lessons they had learned at Trevecca. She responded with these words: "We will respond to the call to witness, serve, and lead, but not in and of our own strength, but rather by the power of the one who has called us."
Parks spoke of Lynda Helton, a recently deceased, MHR graduate who had returned to school near retirement solely for the purpose of pursuing a second career in a volunteer position. Parks reminded graduates that the call to vocation is a calling that will feed the soul. "Lynda found a vocation and I believe, as graduates, we are not challenged to live up to her example, but obligated to live up to it," Parks said.
Eaton also verbalized her thanks for Trevecca's teachings and the understanding of vocation formed by God’s teachings. "Whether you are the farmer in that field receiving the message or serving as the messenger, press on, achieve, and through it all give glory to the one who deserves our praise," said Eaton.
Commencement also featured the song “Angels and Eagles” written and performed by graduating senior Kim McLean.
A Baccalaureate service on Friday, May 5, at 7:30 P.M. at First Church of the in Nazarene preceded the commencement ceremony. Dan Boone, president of the University, was the speaker.
Speaking about “The Calling in Our Bones,” Boone reminded students that “God will use the tensions of our lives, the trying times, the miserable failures, the ways we run away to help us understand who we really are."
"Wherever you are,” Boone said. “God is loving you and only God can fully and finally tell you who you are and what your life is to be about."
Following the service, graduates, family members, and guests joined Trevecca faculty, administrators, and staff in a reception hosted by the Trevecca Alumni Association.