On Saturday May 7, Providence Christian College held its third commencement exercises in Latourette Hall. 10 students graduated.

This year’s graduation ceremony was the first ever held on Providence’s campus. The last two years, graduation was off campus due to space limitations.

“To have graduation on campus in this beautiful setting was wonderful,” Dr. J. Derek Halvorson, Providence Christian College president, said.

Dr. Gideon Strauss, president of the Center for Public Justice, addressed the seniors. He reflected on Isaiah 60, encouraging students to have hope in the eternal truth of God’s promises and to pursue what they love in their callings and careers. His address was titled “Set Your Sails for the City to Come.”

The chorale sang a rendition of “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us.” Graduates James Roosma and Jeff Munive gave charges to the class of 2011.

Around 200 people attended the ceremony including friends, faculty, staff, and family of the graduates. Stewart Fleeman of Bakersfield, California offered the opening prayer. His daughter Rachel graduated summa cum laude.

The weekend’s events also included Senior Celebration on Friday giving the seniors an opportunity to recognize the work of the faculty in their respective departments. Dr. Ryan McIlhenny spoke and the parents prayed for their graduates at the night’s conclusion. Senior Celebration has become a meaningful tradition central to the end of the academic year here at Providence.

In addition to being this year’s commencement speaker, Dr. Strauss delivered this year’s convocation address and taught two classes as an adjunct professor during the spring semester and May term.