Langley, British Columbia—This spring, over 380 participating graduates of Trinity Western University donned their caps and gowns, received their degrees and transitioned from university life into various marketplaces of work to put their education into practice. TWU honoured their achievements in commencement ceremonies at the Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly church in Abbotsford, B.C.
Malcolm Seath, president of Whitehall-Robins, a company responsible for non-prescription household brands such as Advil and Dimetapp, gave the graduation address to graduates in the faculties of Natural and Applied Sciences, Professional Studies and Performing Arts. Seath received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree from TWU in recognition of his Christian leadership in the pharmaceutical industry, the non-profit world and his church.
Thomas Addington, PhD, challenged graduates in the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Business with his address, “Finding Your Calling.” Addington is the co-founder of the Cornerstone Group, a consulting firm aimed to integrate biblical wisdom with business excellence, and co-founder of The Life@Work Co., an organization providing resources and guidance for integrating biblical principles with the workplace. Addington received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from TWU for exemplifying TWU’s mission and serving God and people in his marketplace of life.
Tyson Malo, of Baden, Ont., graduating with a double major in Biblical Studies and Christianity and Culture, served as this year’s valedictorian. Esanju Bonga, of Cambridge, Ont., and Dan Brandsma of Abbotsford, B.C., received citizenship awards for their outstanding contributions to the Trinity Western community.
The graduates will join over 15,000 TWU alumni currently working in areas ranging from business and teaching to medicine and international relief work. A recent survey of graduates who have earned degrees from TWU over the past ten years shows that an unusually high 79 percent are currently working in their area of first choice.
“That 3 out of 4 of our graduates find employment in their area of first choice shows that Trinity Western’s educational programs are effective in preparing students to successfully enter the marketplace, and reflects the quality of our graduates,” says Ron Kuehl, vice-president of marketing and enrolment management at TWU.
The survey also shows that since their graduation, 73 percent of Trinity Western’s graduates have done volunteer work, and of those, 64 percent have held leadership positions in a volunteer capacity.
“We’re excited to see that our graduates are community-minded and are committed to serving people in various areas of work and volunteer service,” says Kuehl. “And we’re excited to see the impact that this year’s graduating class will make in Canada, the United States and abroad.”
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,850 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.
Last Updated: 2012-08-21