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75th Commencement

by Office of Marketing | May 23, 2014
Valley Forge Christian College’s 75th Commencement on May 9 marked the conclusion of the college’s anniversary celebration year with 132 graduates and guest speaker Reverend Philip Bongiorno ’55. 
The day began with a Baccalaureate service at 10 a.m. in Flower Chapel. As graduating seniors filed into chapel, smiles and excitement filled the room. Senior Karen Noble performed a french horn solo and senior Kathryn Livingston gave a vocal performance during the service. Dr. Bill Clarkson, business department chair and senior class advisor, and graduating seniors Samantha Clemo and Vanessa Duncan spoke on the theme of perspective: seeing the past, present and future through God’s eyes.
At 3 p.m., Green Lane Commons was filled with families and friends waiting for the senior procession. Dr. Don Meyer, president, Dr. Dan Mortensen, executive vice president and vice president of development and Dr. Kevin Beery, vice president of academic affairs, welcomed and recognized graduates and their families for their sacrifices and for playing such a significant role in each student's life. 
Following the Concert Choir performances, Dr. Beery and Dr. Meyer inducted 11 faculty, alumni and graduating seniors into the Sigma Chi Pi Honor Society of Assemblies of God Colleges and Universities for high scholastic achievement, Christian character and leadership potential. Rev. Hilda Bradney ’61, Bishop David Hicks ’84 and Dr. Gary Seevers ’81 were inducted as honorary members. Samantha Clemo, Vanessa Duncan, Tyler Pfahler, Alexandra Rutkowski, Delena Willman, Karen Noble, Sarah Walter and Bonnie Elliot were inducted as 2014 members. 
Senior Class President Thelonius Sibblies presented the senior class gift. “It is tradition each year that the senior class presents a tree and a plaque to the college to commemorate the students who are moving on today,” Sibblies said. A beautiful dogwood tree will be planted on campus. 
Rev. Bongiorno delivered the 75th Commencement Address. He served on the VFCC Board of Trustees as either vice chairman or chairman for 26 years. He is the superintendent emeritus of the Pennsylvania-Delaware District Council of the Assemblies of God and currently serves as chairman and president of Heritage Investment Services Fund, Inc.
Rev. Bongiorno spoke to the graduates about starting the next chapter of their lives. “Every end should mark another beginning,” he said. “Every success the setting of a new goal and every defeat an opportunity for a new start.” He asked three questions: What will you do with your life? Why will you do it? How will you do it? Rev. Bongiorno said that the answer to these questions shows what one values most, and that no matter what the answer is, one should not live for self but live for God and all humankind. This, Bongiorno said, is done to please and obey God with discipline, faith and vision.
Dr. Beery and Dr. Meyer presented 13 master’s degrees, 116 bachelor’s degrees and three associate degrees. As traditional holds, graduates accepted their diplomas from Dr. Meyer, sealing their accomplishment and elevating them to alumni status.  
Concluding the event, Dr. Meyer delivered his traditional farewell to the graduates. “The wait is over,” he said. “An incredible adventure awaits you.” Dr. Meyer quoted a metaphorical poem about reluctant individuals who were called to a cliff’s edge, pushed and then flew. “It’s time for you to fly,” he said. Dr. Meyer also encouraged the graduates one last time quoting Corinthians 15:58, “ … Your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 

VFCC congratulates the Class of 2014 on their academic achievement.

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