Arizona Christian University celebrated 127 spring graduates on Friday, May 4 at the institution’s 56th Commencement Ceremony, which included an address from Phoenix Seminary President Dr. Darryl DelHousaye and a “charge” to the graduates from ACU President Len Munsil.
About 2,500 people attended the event at Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix, watching ACU’s largest graduating class walk across the stage to be awarded diplomas in 12 degree programs. Including December graduates, 175 students earned degrees from ACU this academic year –ACU surpassed 100 graduates for the first time only five years ago.
DelHousaye, President of Phoenix Seminary and Interim Preaching Pastor at Camelback Bible Church, spoke to the Class of 2018 on the difference between profession and vocation.
“You’re leaving here and you’re going there, ‘there’ being your profession. Or, is it your vocation? We sometimes confuse the two. Your profession is what you’re going to do that makes a statement that defines who you are. Your profession is your professing who you really are, your soul, what you’re really about. Your vocation is your job. If you confuse the two, you could get in real trouble.”
He explained, “God defined your profession for you…to glorify [Him]…to make your Father known, to manifest what your Heavenly Father is like. This is your profession, no matter what vocation you go into. Your vocation is simply your job. It will be the platform you will use to manifest your profession, so the world will know. You’re doing church when you are embracing your profession – [to] make your heavenly Father known.”
This is the second time Dr. DelHousaye delivered a Commencement address to ACU graduates. He gave the message at the 37th Ceremony in 1999 to 56 graduates.
President Len Munsil delivered the “charge” to the graduates, noting that we live in a time when “the foundations are being destroyed,” and encouraging them:
“ACU graduates, you were born for this time and this season. That’s why we’re so excited to send you out into this chaotic, troubled world. Because you know the truth; you are grounded in it, and you are filled with grace, you can speak words of life and hope to those around you.”
President Munsil concluded: “We know you will be a Firestorm of change in our culture, and as you leave here and enter this decaying culture where the foundations are being destroyed, we — the faculty, staff and administration of ACU – we pray and declare over you in the words of the Prophet Isaiah, that ‘those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins, You will raise up the age old foundations, And you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell.’”
The ACU Chorale performed throughout the program, sharing its musical talent in a prelude concert, the Star-Spangled Banner, and the singing of “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” Members of the Class of 2018 played key roles by offering the Invocation (Mario Hernandez), a reading from the New Testament (Charlotte Culiver), and Benediction (Jay Norton).
The graduating class was also honored at Thursday evening’s Senior Celebration and Dessert Reception on ACU’s campus. Graduates from each degree program, in both the traditional and evening/online, were awarded Outstanding Student Awards for their academic and athletic talent, service, character, and faith.
Class of 2018 Outstanding Student Award Winners:
Behavioral Health: Emily Ajluni
Behavioral Health (Evening/Online): Kristin Hardy
Biblical Studies: Bahij Ajluni
Biology: Emily DeVore
Business Administration: Anderson Sessions
Business Administration (Evening/Online): Troy Allen
Christian Ministries: Niki Foster
Christian Ministries (Evening/Online): Adam Astemborski
Communication: Tyler Carlson
Elementary Education: Hailey Carpenter
Family Studies: Daniella Hendricks
Music: David Fourt
Political Science: Alanna Ostby
Psychology: Luka Stanivukovic
Secondary Education: Kinsey Pease
Christian Service: Jenna Allen and Tyler Carlson
Scholar Athlete: Nicholas Norton and Mikayla Morgan
Scholar Musician: David–James Hepburn
Sigma Lambda (Salt and Light): Samuel Strate, Emily DeVore, and Danielle Hood
Congratulations to the ACU Class of 2018 and new members of the alumni family!
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Posted by Arizona Christian University on Friday, May 4, 2018