MOUNT VERNON — “Today we celebrate your contributions to the tradition of MVNU and the hope you represent for the world,” President Henry Spaulding told the class of 2013 on Saturday at the 52nd annual graduate commencement exercises of Mount Vernon Nazarene University. “We are proud of you. You have accomplished this through a time of political and economic challenge in our country. Let this day be filled with joy in the Lord,” said Spaulding.
A total of 207 graduates made their way to the stage at the R.R. Hodges Chapel on Saturday, escorted by the MVNU faculty and junior class marshals Tracie Finke and John Raber. At the beginning of his address to the class of 2013, Spaulding took a moment to remember class member Justina Williams. “Yet amidst our joy, there would have been the pride for one who had been here, had tragedy not intervened,” said Spaulding, speaking of Williams’ early passing. “We were graced by her presence and are saddened by her absence.”
After the invocation was given by professor of philosophy Dr. Lincoln Stevens, the university hymn, “Be Thou My Vision,” was led by professor of music Dr. Robert Tocheff. Senior class president Lyndsey Hammond followed with the reading of the class scripture, II Corinthians 5:14-21.
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