5th AUA Graduation Weekend

A weekend program from Friday evening consecration, Sabbath baccalaureate, and Sunday’s commencement was the unfolding of the 5th AUA Graduation Ceremony held from 17th to 19th June 2016. The graduating class of 31 students had the theme “Commitment, Perseverance, Excellence.”

Consecration Service

The consecration program was graced by Pr. Alain Colarie (MDiv and MTh), the ECD Executive Secretary whose main thrust of the message was on Joseph’s experience. He accentuated that Joseph’s success was not a result of a “miracle but of industry, care, and energy” (Ellen White). He said that God was glorified by the faithfulness of his servant and God blessed his efforts. He spoke of how God will take his children through the best university-University of Adversity (UoA) as he had done for Moses, Joshua, David, Isaiah, Emmanuel, among many others. He emphasized how “God uses painful experiences to mature us.”

He urged the graduates to:

  • Not shy away from work,
  • Keep improving, be a student for life, search for ways to grow
  • Follow through with excellence—quality is not an accident
  • Accomplish more than expected.
  • Motivate and inspire others
  • Live a life of integrity

How then did Joseph succeed? By continual connection with God, as only God can reward our efforts, extend our sphere of influence, and give promotion. He is a faithful God.

Baccalaureate Service

Dr.Samuel Makori (DMin) was the speaker during the baccalaureate service on Sabbath. He pointed to Paul who manifested the greatest level of commitment for he chose “to spend and be spent” for the cause of Christ Jesus despite all the obstacles, disappointments, threats, and challenges he experienced. He urged the graduates to have:

  • Dedication to any activity with the strictest degree to commitment
  • Steady persistence on a course of action, in spite of difficulties
  • Excellence where one surpasses ordinary circumstances, moving from an acceptable standard to the extraordinary

The occasion was graced by the Bridal Choir which means, according to the director, that the choir is preparing the church (the bride) to meet the bridegroom, which is Jesus Christ, our Lord. Their performance was so good that the students wanted an "encore". So an extra song (rendered in Swahili) was added to the program impromptu, at the request of the graduating class.

Vice Chancellor Reception

The graduates gave tribute to God—“this was the Lords doing, it was marvelous in our eyes,”—thanked God for good health, provision of finances, supporting family members especially those with spouses, the AUA faculty, advisors, readers, editors, and their sponsors.

The Vice Chancellor committed to giving an eBook to each graduating student as a new tradition during the Vice-Chancellor’s Reception. 

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