Fuller Celebrates Students at 66th Commencement

The main sanctuary of Lake Avenue Church was filled to the brim with celebration on June 13 as students, staff, faculty, family, and friends gathered for Fuller Theological Seminary’s 66th commencement ceremony.

Ed Willmington, composer-in-residence and director of the Fred Bock Institute of Music at Fuller, conducted the organ and brass ensemble that ushered in the graduating students and faculty in an atmosphere of worship. Fuller Chapel worship assistant Julie Kang lead the congregation and worship team in praise for God’s faithfulness in the lives of the graduates and expected graduates. Nearly 450 students who had either earned their degrees or anticipate completion by the end of the summer term were present to participate in the ceremony.

President Mark Labberton delivered the charge to the graduating class. Reflecting on the usual commencement address that conveys unlimited possibilities for a graduate, Dr. Labberton instead exhorted the audience to live into their limited and finite selves. “Life is lived in days before the God who holds all eternity,” he said as he reflected on Matthew 6:25-34, a passage in which Jesus speaks about anxiety and worry over the future. Labberton encouraged the graduates to live one day at a time, embracing their limits as they serve a limitless God. “We belong to an infinite God who uses our finite selves to transform the world. . . . Be finite, and do not worry.”

From Fuller’s three schools, eight campuses, and 18 degree programs, nearly 750 students are expected to graduate during the 2014-2015 school year. Over 39 countries were represented among the students present.

Fuller is proud of its graduates and their work as they continue, renew, and begin in service to the manifold ministries of Christ and his church across the globe. Congratulations, class of 2015!

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