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Covenant College Commencement


Covenant College celebrated the graduation of more than 260 students at its sixty-first annual commencement ceremony on May 7, 2016. The Class of 2016 was welcomed into the alumni family to the sound of Covenant’s Pipe & Drum Corps.


Commencement exercises began with a processional of faculty, board members, and students, to the tune of “Highland Cathedral.” Dr. Phill Broussard, professor of physics, gave the invocation and undergraduate students Simon Ocailap ’16 and Ruth Terry ’16 shared testimonies of their time at Covenant. After a congregational singing of “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah,” MEd graduate student Jaqueline Gardner ’16 offered a testimony of her time as a student in Covenant’s master of education program. Dr. Hans Madueme, assistant professor of theological studies, delivered the commencement address, titled, “Foundation on the Rock; Or, I’m Not Your Piece of Bacon!”


Professors Jeff Hall and Camille Hallstrom presented the candidates for graduation, and President J. Derek Halvorson ’93 awarded the degrees. Dr. Brian Fikkert, professor of economics and community development, offered a prayer for the graduates. Former president Frank Brock and trustee Joel Belz delivered a charge and a commendation, respectively, to the graduates. The graduates and their friends and families joined in singing the College’s hymn, “All for Jesus.” Dr. Rebecca Pennington, associate professor of education, provided a closing prayer, and the Covenant Pipe & Drum Corps led a recessional out of the auditorium to the tune of “Scotland the Brave.”