Fuller Celebrates Students at 68th Commencement

The main sanctuary of Lake Avenue Church was filled to capacity with celebration on June 10 as students, staff, faculty, family, and friends gathered for Fuller Theological Seminary’s 68th 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. Fuller Chapel Director Julie Tai led the congregation and worship team in praise for God’s faithfulness in the lives of the graduates.

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President Mark Labberton delivered the charge to the graduating class. Reflecting on the newness Christ brings to individuals and to the world as described by the Apostle Paul, Dr. Labberton exhorted the graduates to continue the work of Christ in bringing newness to the world. “Paul names a new reality through Christ, a new understanding of who God is,” said Labberton. “Paul declares that all things are new. But our three schools are a declaration that all things are not new in the world.” Labberton described how this transformation in Christ will require each graduate to rethink his or her mission in a world ravaged by violence and division that desperately need to be addressed anew. “[This newness] forces us to think of our neighbors differently. How are we allowing this newness in Christ to transform our vision of our neighbors? Everyday people will depend on you seeing them, and perceiving them.”

The commencement ceremony also featured three student speakers representing each of the three schools—Naomi Cramer Overton (School of Intercultural Studies), Leah Fortson (School of Psychology), and Mark Finney (School of Theology)—who described their experience at Fuller and their growing sense of calling to resounding applause.

The graduation ceremony celebrated 420 students from Fuller Seminary’s three schools—a graduating class that represents eight campuses, 21 degree programs, and over 35 countries. In total, over 600 students will be graduating after completing summer courses.

Fuller is proud of its graduates and their work as they continue, renew, and begin in service as global leaders in kingdom vocations. Congratulations, class of 2017!

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