One hundred thirty-three Tabor College seniors received diplomas Saturday during the 95th commencement ceremony.
Keynote speaker Larry Martens, longtime Mennonite Brethren pastor and educator, challenged the graduates to be servants because “greatness comes with serving others” and “faithful service in itself is greatness.”
He said the students’ profession is, first and foremost, to be followers of Jesus Christ.
“What we do as a teacher or a doctor or a social worker is simply an avenue for living out our profession as followers of Christ.”
Martens, a resident of Fresno, Calif., served as president of the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary.
He has been a pastor of several Mennonite Brethren churches, including Koerner Heights Church in Newton, and First Mennonite Brethren Church in Wichita.
Two senior student speakers addressed the capacity crowd on a warm morning: Lindsay Adrian, representing Tabor College-Hillsboro, and Roxanne Miller, representing Tabor College-Wichita.
“Students at Tabor are given a gift called community,” Adrian said. “What makes Tabor’s community stand out is that we are surrounded by quality Christians with diverse backgrounds.”
Miller expressed her appreciation for staff and faculty members, and outlined the similarities and differences between traditional, undergraduate students and working adult students.
Of the 133 degrees awarded, four were master of education, five were master of science in accounting, 83 were bachelor of arts, 24 were bachelor of science, 16 were bachelor of science in nursing and one was associate of arts.