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76th Commencement Presents First Graduates of UVF

by Office of Marketing | May 29, 2015
76th Commencement
The University of Valley Forge (UVF) Class of 2015 became the first class to graduate from the university on May 8, 2015, since the name change last September. The 76th annual Baccalaureate and Commencement services honored the 132 undergraduate and graduate students who earned their degrees and marked the beginning of a new journey. 

The celebrations began that morning with the Baccalaureate service at the Flower Chapel. Rev. Jennifer Gale, vice president of student life, James Aspito '15 and Benjamin Miller '15 spoke on the theme of putting a stake in the ground. The theme reflected back to a chapel series President Don Meyer, Ph.D., shared four years ago during this class' freshman year, as it refers to specific, defining moments when God made a significant mark on their lives. 

Faculty, staff, family and friends gathered on Green Lane Commons for Commencement in the afternoon. Excitement abounded as the graduates processed onto the lawn in their academic regalia. James T. Bradford, Ph.D., delivered the commencement address. He has been the General Secretary of the Assemblies of God since 2009. He shared a quote, one that influenced his life, by J. Oswald Sanders that reads, "True leaders aim to put more into life than they hope to take out of it." Bradford continued, "Sanders brought me face-to-face with the realization that changing the world is about giving, not taking." 

Kevin Beery, D.S.L., vice president of academic affairs, read the names of the graduates and Meyer presented them with their degrees and diplomas. Each student, when called, walked onto the stage as a fellow class member and graduate and stepped off as a UVF alumnus. 

Meyer closed the 76th Commencement with his traditional delivery of a quote by Christopher Logue, as well as a Scripture reading from 1 Corinthians 15:58 which reads, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” He concluded, "May all who come behind you find you faithful."