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Graduation 2011

Providence College

Dr. August Konkel (left), President of Providence College & Seminary, with Jill Sperling, B.A. (Theatre).
Jordan Byggdin - B.A. (Hons.) (Liberal Arts) - Valedictorian.

On April 17, 2011 sixty-eight students graduated from Providence College in a ceremony held on the Providence campus in Otterburne, MB. Reflecting Providence’s growing mission as a Christian University College, President Konkel conferred degrees on students in 18 different programs, from Aviation and Business through to Sociology and Worship Studies. As class Valedictorian, Jordan Byggdin reminded the grads, “we came to Providence expecting to think about Christian matters, and instead learned to think like Christians on many matters.”

Noting that the graduation was being celebrated on Palm Sunday, Dr. Kara Mandryk, Assistant Professor of Worship and Christian Spirituality, captured the mission of Providence, “to teach people to grow in knowledge and character for leadership and service,” as she likened the graduates to the disciples of Jesus, who, on the eve of his crucifixion, faced a momentous transition and opportunity. “You too will experience horror, exhilaration, excitement and joy,"  she explained.  "You too will go out into the world, formed by this community and fortified by what you have learned … You too will go to the ends of the earth, or just around the corner. No matter where you go– you have the opportunity to give voice to something greater than yourself. So, give voice to truth that generates love. Give voice to love that compels mercy. Give voice to mercy that mobilizes justice. Give voice to justice that shapes reconciliation. Give voice to reconciliation that inspires hope. Give voice to hope that upholds truth.”

In addition to the conferral of degrees, Providence College marked the accomplishment of its students by awarding thirty-three academic and achievement awards. Mr. Steve Masterson, former Dean of Students at the College and the founder of Providence Seminary’s Counseling program was honoured as the Alumnus of the Year. As well, Mr. Kent Dueck, founder and Director of Inner City Youth Alive was awarded the Providence College Distinguished Christian Leadership Award for his 25 years of undiminished commitment to the youth of Winnipeg’s urban poor.

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