MOUNT VERNON — “Listen for the sweet music of doxology,” Dr. Henry Spaulding III told Mount Vernon Nazarene University graduates as he gave the commencement address Saturday morning.
“The world does not need our diplomas as much as it needs our doxology,” he continued. “The world needs teachers and doctors and pastors and missionaries, but more than that it needs people who see their lives as a doxology. Learn to listen for the sweet music of doxology. When we hear it, everything in life comes into focus. ... Such sweet music could literally change the world.”
Spaulding, the university’s vice president of academic affairs, was introduced by Dr. David Martin, MVNU president, who also welcomed the seniors, their families and friends. “We’re here to celebrate your success and accomplishments,” Martin said. “Congratulations.”
Following the conferring of degrees — Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of social work — Dr. Randie Timpe, assistant to the president for Institutional Effectiveness, announced two faculty Excellence in Teaching awards. The first went to Sacha Walicord, associate professor of economics in the adult edcuation program. The second was presented to David Caddell, sociology professor in the traditional degree program.
Two graduates were also acknolwedged during the ceremony. Emily Amstutz and Jason Decker were honored for having distinguished themselves through service to others during their college career at MVNU.
The commencement exercises officially concluded with the traditional tolling of the Shaw Bell.