Education majors honored in farewell service
Each year graduating seniors find themselves saying goodbye to faculty and peers who shaped their lives over the past four years. This year the Department of Education began a new tradition to provide a meaningful time of celebration and reflection for its seniors, underclassmen, and faculty members. In April the department held it first commissioning service wherein students and faculty could, according to Kevin Zook, department chair, worship God together, celebrate the past four years, and reflect on living a life of service.
While the lapel pin presented to graduates serves as a visible reminder of all they share with each other and education graduates before them, the service, Zook hopes, will “give [the] students more departmental identity…and serve as a catalyst” for reflection on living out one’s vocation. The service included a meditation by 2002 graduate Steve Lehman, a slide show created by senior Claire Gallagher, and two vocal pieces performed by the Harrisburg Christian School choir.
— Emma Fedak
The commissioned graduates reflect on the service:
"I was so blessed that the professors who had given me so much, gave that much more. I was truly honored and humbled. How amazing to attend an institution with an education department where professors are personally involved with students, and so committed to their success."
—Anne Burk '08
"It was a wonderful way for us as students to reflect on our four years together and to encourage each other as we go out into the world to do what we were called to do – to teach. After spending so much of our time together during the teacher education program, it was only fitting that during our last week as students, we were able to share a special time with the professors and faculty that have been praying for us and cheering us on, as well as celebrate our accomplishments with our classmates who become our closest friends along the way. I hope the department continues this tradition each year as a way for future education majors to truly experience the measure of their success and the importance of their memories within the program."
—Claire Gallagher '08