Past, present and future recognized at Commencement 2008
May 7, 2008
Corban’s 62nd Commencement began with a look to the past. Graduates of fifty years ago were those first honored at the ceremony held Saturday, May 3, 2008 at the C.E. Jeffers Sports Center on campus.
Dr. Matt Lucas addresses the Class of 2008 as Commencement speaker.
Before a crowd of 1500, an honorary professorship was granted to Dr. Jonathan Parapak of the Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) in Indonesia.
Commencement speaker Dr. Matt Lucas provided the challenge to the Class of 2008 before 214 degrees were conferred in the areas of Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Education.
A rendition of “Harlem Nocturne” by Corban’s Jazz Band set back the clock for a time to honor the Class of 1958.
Four members of that class were seated in the front row along with other graduates of Western Baptist Bible College/Corban College during the decade of the 1950s. Hazel Dubbs (Mesa, Arizona), Dorothy and Clarence James, and Dwight West (all of Salem) were distinguished by the black robes they wore. They were called to the platform by Dr. Reno Hoff, College President, to receive 50-year medallions from the hands of Dr. Richard Caulkins, Distinguished Professor of Humanities. A fifth “Golden Graduate,” Paul Everett (Salem) was present at a luncheon held in honor of the Class of 1958 following Commencement.
Dr. Linda Samek presents an honorary professorship to Dr. Jonathan Parapak of the Universitas Pelita Harapan in Indonesia.
Dr. Jonathan Parapak, Rector of UPH, brought greetings from Christians in Indonesia. A Christian university, UPH has an enrollment of 9,000 students. Those students and others spread across 45 cities and 150 campuses affiliated with the school, represent a nationwide thrust to “spread the Gospel through education,” in Parapak’s words. He entreated the graduates under his voice to “Go, spread the Gospel; go, in Jesus Christ.”
Challenging the new graduates to lives of service and giving, Lucas offered contrasting examples from a classic children’s story and a contemporary couple engaged in Christian ministry. He urged the Class of 2008 to “Be extraordinary and make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ.”
Dr. Linda Samek, Provost, continued the program with academic announcements, including promotions to the position of Associate Professor for Jerry Johnson (science), Floyd Votaw (library) and James Dyer (science). She recognized Dr. Nancy Hedberg’s recent Doctor of Ministry degree and the addition of new faculty and staff:
Patricia TeVelde receives her diploma from Tom Carlson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Dr. Janine Allen of Northwest Christian College has accepted the position of Dean of Education; Jonathan Meyers (son of Dr. Richard Meyers, psychology department chair) will serve as an associate professor in business; Paul Johnson (currently with CAM International in Dallas, Texas) will join the ministry department in missions; and Lucas will step into the Provost role from Dean of Education on July 1, 2008.
With admonition from Samek to “be strong and courageous,” the graduates made their way across the platform to receive their diplomas from Tom Carlson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Four Associate of Arts, 7 Bachelor of Arts and 197 Bachelor of Science degrees were conferred. In addition, six candidates for the Master of Science in Education received their academic hoods from Samek.
Dwight West, ’58, is congratulated by Dr. Richard Caulkins as part of the honor given to fifty-year graduates of the school.
As the program neared closing, a look toward the future came from the faculty quintet of Dr. Tim Anderson, Dr. Bryce Bernard, Dr. Martin Trammell, Daniel Shuholm, and Matthew Strauser. Their song was entitled “Look for Me (Around the Throne).”
Corban College and Graduate School is ranked fifth by USNews & World Report in America’s Best Colleges, both as a Top School and Best Value among baccalaureate colleges in the West. Corban has been in the top ten schools of America’s Best Colleges for the last six years.