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By Bob Dickson and Kate Bigelow
Ten seconds. That's about
how long it will take for members of the 2011 graduating class from
The Master's College to walk across the stage and receive their
diplomas from college President, Dr. John
But this annual rite of passage, which will
take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 13 at College of the Canyons
Athletic Stadium in Valencia, signifies much more to the
approximately 250 young men and women who will take that walk. It
will mean more to their friends and families and, they hope, to
their respective futures.
"Graduation marks the end of one journey and
the start of another," said The Master's
College Senior Vice President and Provost
Mark Tatlock. "It's a milestone - a launching pad
from their preparation here to whatever it is the Lord is calling
them to pursue."
This year's ceremony will
honor graduates from The Master's Institute, the Master of Arts in
Biblical Counseling, the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, the
Master of Arts in Education and the undergraduate program of The
Master's College and its Center for Professional Studies.
Tom Pennington, pastor of Countryside Bible
Church in Southlake, Texas, will deliver the commencement
International student Heather Walsh, who will receive her
bachelor's degree in biblical counseling, is looking forward to
sharing the moment with family members who live an ocean away.
"My family from Ireland is coming and we're all going to be here
and I'm going to be in my cap and gown," she said. "It's going to
Julianne Bell, who is graduating with a degree in political
science, is approaching the event with mixed emotions.
"I'm sad about leaving people … the friendships I've made," she
On the other hand, Bell is looking forward to walking through
the doors opening in front of her. It's a privilege shared by the
entire 2011 class.
"We rejoice with our graduates and their loved ones," Tatlock
said. "It's fitting that we celebrate this momentous occasion. Even
more, though, we rejoice over how God is going to work through the
lives of our graduates. The real fruit of their labor is yet to
The ceremony is open to college faculty, administration,
graduates and their families and friends. The guest seating area
will open at 5:30 p.m., with graduation exercises commencing an
2011 Commencement speaker at The
Master's College is Tom Pennington, the senior pastor of
Countryside Bible Church in the Dallas area. Before his ministry in
Texas, Tom served 16 years in various roles connected to Grace
Community Church. For many years he was also managing director of
Grace to You, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the
international radio, audio, publications, and internet
Special note: This year's commencement at The
Master's College will be streamed live on the Web. Check back with
G0 to www.masters.edu/live to watch the
event live via streaming video.