Reflecting on 2013
by Provost Ken Carson
With the arrival of May, Geneva College will be hosting its 164th Commencement. The college community will gather on May 11 to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of our undergraduate, adult degree completion and master′s degree program graduates.
Over 250 undergraduates will move from being students to alumni, each with a unique story. Some will be starting jobs right away or anticipating graduate school in the fall, while others have the task of finding where God is calling them to serve next. Here are a few of the stories from the Class of 2013.
A biopsychology major from Cape May Court House, NJ, Brittany has served as an intern in our events office during her years at Geneva. She may have greeted you with her ready smile on one of your visits, perhaps Homecoming or Family Weekend. Because of her hard work in the classroom, Brittany has been accepted into the neuroscience program at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. Following her summer marriage to computer science major Kevin Martinez, Brittany will begin her five-year program, with the ultimate goal of doing research on Alzheimer′s disease.
Joe will be entering the Financial Management Rotation Program at UPMC in Pittsburgh. This highly competitive program involves a twoâyear rotation that exposes participants to the various financial components in a large hospital system, preparing them for leadership positions. Joe′s business degree has a triple concentration in economics, finance and management/entrepreneurship. He used his extra time to play football, participate in theater productions, serve as business manager for The Cabinet and more.
For many, the 2012-13 academic year will be remembered as the year Kit was hit by a car while crossing Route 18. But the story doesn′t end there. In fact, in many ways this was just a beginning. As Kit walks with her fellow classmates, this Commencement is likely to be remembered for the awesome and merciful God that carried her from that dark and wet street through the healing process and onto the stage. Like many students, Kit has a few classes to complete before earning her diploma, but has earned her place among the Class of 2013!
And to the more than 1,100 other undergraduates, as well as our returning students, I look forward to when you will be participating in Commencement and following God′s call for the next chapter in your lives. Our prayers and best wishes go with this graduating class. For underclassmen, our faculty and staff are already filled with plans and anticipation for your return in the fall. May God′s blessing surround each of you.
Dr. Ken Carson
Dr. Ken Carson
Commencement is my favorite time at Geneva. However, I will be missing it this year. I have a daughter graduating from a fellow Christian college, and her ceremony is the same day as ours.So, just as many of you are adjusting your schedules to be able to participate in this very important day in the life of your child or friend, I am doing the same thing. I will miss seeing you at Geneva's Commencement. And I deeply appreciate my colleagues who will take my place at the podium.