Covenant College welcomed 280 new alumni at its 60th annual commencement ceremony on May 9, 2015. The Class of 2015 was celebrated with pomp and circumstance as families and friends gathered alongside Covenant’s faculty and staff at graduation.
Commencement exercises began with a rousing processional led by Covenant’s Pipe & Drum Corps. Professor Steve Corbett gave the invocation and undergraduates Nate Groelsema ’15 and Savannah Gorman ’15 offered testimonies, looking back on their time as students at Covenant. After a congregational singing of “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah,” Leslie Garrote ’15, MEd graduate, shared a testimony of her experience in the master of education program at Covenant. Dr. Kelly Kapic, professor of theological studies, delivered the commencement address.
President Halvorson awarded a posthumous honorary degree to David Taaffe ’15, a member of the Class of 2015 who passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a fall while hiking in Switzerland in the summer after his sophomore year.
Professors Jeff Hall, Camille Hallstrom, and Matthew Vos presented candidates for graduation, and President J. Derek Halvorson awarded the degrees. Professor Bruce Young led a prayer for the Class of 2015, and Dr. Frank Brock, former president of Covenant, gave a charge to the graduates. Richard Bowser, chairman of the Covenant College Board, offered an encouraging commendation from the Board of Trustees. The ceremony concluded with the traditional singing of the College hymn, “All for Jesus,” and a closing prayer from English professor Sarah Huffines. The Covenant Pipe & Drum Corps led a joyous recessional out of the convention hall, leaving the Class of 2015 to celebrate with their classmates, friends, and families.