Fall Graduation

Friday, November 25, 2011

Over 100 students from Tyndale University College & Seminary participated in the 2011 fall graduation ceremony. This fall graduation included the third cohort of Tyndale’s Bachelor of Education program with sixty students graduating and becoming Certified Ontario Teachers.

Twenty-nine students graduated with master’s degrees or graduate diplomas from Tyndale Seminary, and Tyndale University College students graduated from the Bachelor of Religious Education and the Bachelor of Arts programs as well as the Bachelor of Education.

The graduating student speakers were Paraskevi Ilias, BEd, and Jeffery Loach, ThM. Paraskevi Ilias is a Certified Ontario Teacher having graduated from Tyndale’s Bachelor of Education program with a teachable in French as a Second Language in the Junior/Intermediate Division. She attained her BA at York University. Jeffery Loach received his second master’s degree from Tyndale, having attained an MDiv in 1992. He has also earned a DMin from Ashland Theological Seminary.

At the graduation ceremony Sister Sue Mosteller of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Toronto delivered an address to the graduating students and received an honorary doctorate. Sue Mosteller was born and raised in Ohio but was sent to the Sisters of St. Joseph in Toronto for boarding school. At nineteen she joined the convent at the Sisters of St. Joseph. She has been a part of L’Arche Daybreak community in Richmond Hill for the last 40 years becoming L’Arche’s International Coordinator for nine years beginning in 1976. When Henri Nouwen died in September 1996, Sue was named Executrix of his Literary Estate. She completed two unpublished manuscripts and edited another of Henri Nouwen’s books for publication. She is presently retired and lives at L’Arche Daybreak where she works as a member of the Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust.

Sister Sue Mosteller’s address was titled “First and Final Words” which centred on the first and last words of Jesus in the gospel of John. She covered the difficult topic of how all Christians are called into the suffering of Jesus. At some point in every Christ follower's life, there will be times where they have the privilege of suffering with Jesus. “It was an enormous privilege to receive this from Tyndale,” she said of her honorary doctorate, “I’m overwhelmed and speechless to think of how warm and gracious the people of Tyndale have been.”
 


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