Thank you for your sacrifices: Tyndale University College Fall Graduation 2014
Tyndale’s University College fall graduation was all about giving thanks. “I would like us to think of today as our altar to the Lord,” said student speaker Paige Byrne-Mamahit as she addressed the Tyndale community. The ceremony was a time to offer up to God all of the hard work, time and sacrifices that led to their success. “Our success is because of the power, grace and strength of God,” said Paige, a Bachelor of Education graduate. She thanked everyone who “filled our gas tanks, our bank accounts, our empty stomachs and our emotional buckets, or just listened as we went on and on about what we learned that day.”
University students, faculty, friends and family gathered at the Bayview campus on November 8, for the largest fall graduation in Tyndale history. 74 University College students, 55 of which were from the Bachelor of Education program, received their degrees at the afternoon ceremony.
The University College fall graduation was a wonderful celebration of the graduates’ accomplishments. Dr. Barry Smith, Senior Vice President Academic & Dean of the University College, congratulated the graduates and spoke about “Community Life and Living.” He also thanked their friends and families for their patience, prayers, resources and grace. “Community is not how many likes you register on Facebook or the number of followers you have on Twitter,” he said. Instead, community is about the people who care for you, people who you can go to when you are at your lowest point. “You have received a rich gift in the Tyndale community,” said Dr. Smith.
The graduates’ success is founded on the community that surrounded them at Tyndale. Paige expressed her heartfelt thanks on behalf of all of her peers: “We as graduates want to thank those who love and supported us and who are part of our success.”
Listen to Paige’s and Dr. Smith’s addresses