2021 Commencement Exercises: Here We Stand

Posted On May 12, 2021

This past Friday, we held our 2021 commencement exercises at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla. Among our graduating class this year, we were honored to have students from Canada, Honduras, and 22 states in the United States, in addition to the inaugural class of online Foundation Year students.

After an opening hymn and prayer, our president, Dr. Stephen Nichols, congratulated our graduates, exhorting them to reflect on the past year with thanks to God for His faithfulness and to stand on His Word with firm conviction.

We were pleased to have Dr. Jonathan Master deliver the graduation address. Dr. Master, president of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, spoke on Colossians 4:5–6, admonishing students to walk in wisdom and speak with grace—even when it is difficult and costly. He reminded us that, on this 500-year anniversary of the Diet of Worms, we are also responsible to tether our consciences to the Word of God.

“Certainly, when the truths of God are at stake, we, with Luther, cannot do otherwise.” —Dr. Jonathan Master

Immediately following the college hymn, “Clothed in Righteousness,” written by Dr. R.C. Sproul, Dr. Nichols presented the student awards and announced the promotion of Dr. John Tweeddale. Dr. Tweeddale, the newly instated vice president of academics, then formally presented the 2021 graduating class with their degrees.

After a prayer of dedication by Dr. Keith Mathison, professor of systematic theology, Dr. Nichols officially presented the graduating class of 2021 to all in attendance.

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We give thanks to God for our graduates, and we are grateful to everyone who has prayed for and supported RBC over the years. Your giving is an investment in students like these. Please remember the graduates in your prayers.