Patrick Henry College's second commencement ceremony was held Saturday, May 31. Seven graduates received diplomas for earning bachelor's degrees, six in Government and one in Literature, the College's very first in this discipline. In addition, three students were honored with special awards.

 

It was PHC's special honor to have had the commencement address delivered by Dr. Tim LaHaye, whose wife, Beverly, was also in attendance to bestow an award given in her name. As an accomplished author, pastor, and Christian civic leader, Dr. LaHaye is considered an inspiration to graduates and to the college community in general. The life's work of this couple represents the kind of national leadership and cultural influence envisioned in the purpose and mission statements of Patrick Henry College.

 

Dr. LaHaye began the commencement speech by recognizing the risk these graduates and their parents took in choosing the newly established Patrick Henry College. As he marveled at the accomplishments of the graduates and the College itself, LaHaye told the audience, "Thanks for taking that step of faith."

 

He continued by encouraging the graduates to focus on two key words that guaranteed success: faith and commitment. "God is not looking for the beautiful, the talented, or the skillful," LaHaye explained. "He is looking for those who will maximize their faith and commitment to Him ... You can maximize your life and live it to the fullest, but always live by faith and commitment."

 

The message of the commencement speech was foreshadowed by brief speeches made by each of the seven graduates. The student remarks were a touching highlight of the ceremony as each graduate spoke of his or her spiritual growth, the theme of the graduates' chosen Scripture verse (I Corinthians 13:11-12).

 

Dr. LaHaye's address was followed by the presentation of the awards: the Trustees Award for Academic Excellence for the highest academic achiever, and the Tim and Beverly LaHaye Leadership Awards for the male and female students who demonstrate the greatest capacity for lifelong leadership and national and cultural influence. PHC President Mike Farris and Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Victor Thompson were joined at the podium by the LaHayes to present the Tim LaHaye Leadership Award to Jedediah Haven and the Beverly LaHaye Leadership Award to Casey Wasson. The Trustees Award for Academic Excellence was presented to Marianne Wasson.

 

Dr. Farris closed the ceremony with special remarks to the graduates. "No other college in America could put forth 100 percent of their graduating students who say of their lives that God is in control and who testify to God's truth." The president closed his remarks by charging the graduates to pursue excellence in every aspect of life. At the second commencement exercises of Patrick Henry College, 100 percent of the graduates were indeed renewed in their purpose to live by faith and commitment.

 

"When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood." ~~ I Cor. 13: 11-12

 

From the Patrick Henry College News & Events page.