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Commencement Ceremonies Honor MVNU Class of 2016

May 2m 2016 - 1:05 PM

MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Nazarene University honored this year's 432 graduates on Saturday, April 30, 2016. The Traditional Commencement ceremony was held in the morning and 208 degrees were conferred to the students. The Graduate and Professional Studies ceremony was held in the afternoon when 224 graduate students received their degrees.

Rev. Douglas Boquist ('79), lead pastor at Lima Community Church, spoke at the Baccalaureate service Friday night. As an MVNU alumnus, Boquist knows the obstacles an MVNU graduate may face. He reassured graduates that God's calling will lead them to the places they belong. He said that their vocations and lives are in God's hand.

Mr. Robert Moore, J.D., an attorney who previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps JAG, spoke at the Traditional Commencement ceremony. Moore's advice to the new graduates is to "stand firm."

"We need to have a clear faith and to stand firm in that faith. In a world which tells us that there is no absolute truth, no absolute morality, and no absolute good or evil, we need to be quite sure of what we believe and what we stand for. These may be our best times — God is giving us the opportunity to be tested and the circumstances to stand firm," said Moore.

Mrs. Vickie Sant currently works as the President of First-Knox National Bank and serves as a board director for Knox Country Chamber of Commerce. Her statement at the MVNU GPS Commencement ceremony reflected her thoughts on service in life. She encouraged students to give of themselves and their time in order to seek change. "The truth is, life happens and you can't control it. You can only control how you react to it and how you will grow from it. My hope for you is that you consciously choose how you will embrace change because you see, my friends; you will never control it," said Sant.

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