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Monday, May 10, 2021 Schedule:

Due to restrictions and precautions from the pandemic, all events will be different this year, and some are canceled. See below for details. The reunion classes from last year (1960, 70, 80, 90, 2000) are joining us, as well as graduates from the Class of 2020, since all events were canceled last year.

9:00am – Senior Blessing for distance learning graduates in the Atrium (no room for guests due to spacing restrictions)

10:00am  – Individual graduation photos (taken outside WTS)

noon-1:00 – Virtual Reunions via Zoom for the Classes of 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991 and 2001. Reunion Classes ending in “0” also welcome. Go here to register.

2:30pm – Commencement Rehearsal for all graduates (Beechwood Reformed Church, 895 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI 49424)

canceled – No Alumni/ae Dinner this year (due to pandemic safety precautions)

7:00pm – 144th & 145th Commencement. NOTE NEW LOCATION: Beechwood Reformed Church, 895 Ottawa Beach Rd., Holland, MI 49424. Registered seating has reached capacity (waiting list available here). Doors open at 6:15pm. Masks required.

Commencement is followed by a receiving line outside of Beechwood Reformed Church and there will be a reception in the lobby.

Commencement will be livestreamed and the link will appear here.

The service will be recorded and made available on this page later.

 

The WTS community is saddened that we could not gather together this year to celebrate our 2020 graduates in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we hope to be able to celebrate next May alongside the class of 2021, in the meantime we’d also like to share the 2020 commencement bulletin and address from Dr. Tom Boogaart, Dennis & Betty Voskuil Professor Emeritus of Old Testament. The address is titled “Barefoot on Holy Ground.”

Congratulations Class of 2020! Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord.

 

Monday, May 13 Schedule:

8:45am – Opening Worship and Senior Blessing for DL and DMin students, friends and family (Mulder Chapel)

10:45-11:45am – Make-up session for individual graduation photos (outside room 019)

11:45am – Registration & Reunion lunches for the Class of 1959, 1969, 1979 and 1999

1:30pm – Alumni Forum Lecture with Commencement speaker Lisa Sharon Harper  (John R. Mulder Chapel), “Four Words that Change Everything”

2:45pm – Class of 2019 group photo (steps of Mulder Chapel, outside)

3:15pm – Commencement Rehearsal (Dimnent Chapel of Hope College)

5:00pm – Alumni/ae Dinner (The Commons) with celebration of Distinguished Alums Brian Vriesman and Tom Boogaart. Contact Tamara for reservations at 616-392-8555, x109. $20/person

7:30pm – 143rd Commencement (Dimnent Chapel of Hope College) with Commencement Speaker Lisa Sharon Harper. To learn more about Ms. Harper and her passion for shalom, go to her website. Doors open at 6:45. No tickets necessary.

Commencement is followed by a receiving line on the lawn of Dimnent Chapel, and there is a reception in the seminary atrium.

Videos are now available from Commencement and the Alumni Day Lecture with Lisa Sharon Harper:


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The Class of 2018 received their degrees on Monday evening, May 7, in Dimnent Memorial Chapel on the campus of Hope College. Western Theological Seminary awarded 31 Master of Divinity degrees, eight Master of Arts degrees, five Master of Theology degrees, three Doctor of Ministry degrees (one honorary), and one Certificate in Disability and Ministry. Six certificates for the Founding Friends of Friendship House were awarded, also.

The commencement speaker for the evening was Dr. John Swinton, professor in practical theology and pastoral care at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. His work has a dual focus on the relationship between spirituality and health and the theology of disability.

Dr. Swinton advised the graduates to look at themselves as “heroes” of faith rather than “saints.” While saints seem to have a lot of “mountaintop” experiences, heroes engage in God’s sovereign love through the many small day-to-day tasks and interactions that make up a life.

   


Monday, May 7 Schedule:

8:45am – Opening Worship and Senior Blessing for DL and DMin students, friends and family (Mulder Chapel)

11:45am – Registration & Reunion lunches for the Class of 1958, 1968 and the Class of 1978 (6th floor, Beardslee Library)

1:30pm – Alumni Forum Lecture:  Commencement Speaker Professor John Swinton, “What does it mean to know Jesus when you don’t know who Jesus is? Intellectual disability, brain damage and the nature of love.”

2:45pm – Class of 2018 group photo (steps of Mulder Chapel, outside)

3:15pm – Commencement Rehearsal (Dimnent Chapel of Hope College)

5:00pm – Alumni/ae Dinner (The Commons) with celebration of Distinguished Alum David Bast ’76. Contact Tamara for reservations at 616-392-8555, x109. $20/person

7:30pm – 142nd Commencement (Dimnent Chapel of Hope College) with Commencement Speaker Professor John Swinton, “Remembering Vocation: Living Life as Worship.” Doors open at 6:45. No tickets necessary.

Commencement is followed by a receiving line on the lawn of Dimnent Chapel, and there is a reception in the seminary atrium.

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