Tabor graduates largest senior class

ABOVE: President Jules Glanzer poses with Jabara Leadership Award winners Hannah Vogt and Terach Antoine. LEFT: Tabor College commencement speaker Jarrod Goentzel challenged graduates to care for those around them as they pursue their careers.Tabor College graduated its largest senior class on the Hillsboro campus in history during the 104th commencement ceremony Saturday at Joel H. Wiens Stadium.

Seniors from the local campus numbered 137. Tabor College in Wichita had 37 undergraduates and four master?s degree graduates, for a total of 41.

President Jules Glanzer presented two seniors with the Professor Fran Jabara Leadership Award for $1,000 each. Terach Antoine and Hannah Vogt were the recipients.

Frank Johnson, vice president for academics, said commencement is the culmination of hours, days, months and years of hard work inside and outside the classroom.

?We are so proud of each student who has reached this milestone,? Johnson said. ?I look forward to hearing the many stories of how these graduates will enrich the communities where they are soon to reside, work and worship.?

Jarrod GoentzelJarrod Goentzel, a Tabor College alumnus who is director of the Massachu?setts Institute of Technology Humanitarian Response Lab, gave the commencement address.

?It is an honor to be asked to give this address and it?s a privilege to return to a place that was so formative in my life,? he said.

Goentzel titled his speech, ?What will be your profession?? and admitted to the audience that he asked that same question at his own graduation from Tabor College in 1990.

He encouraged students to trust the voice inside themselves when making decisions about their career path.

?Follow the little nudge to discover your passion,? Goentzel said. ?Finding the right profession is rarely about a big revelation. It?s not the result of a test in the career office, although that can be helpful. It often comes in little nudges that you need to follow in order to discover your passion. Those experiences build up throughout your career as it evolves and they shape your choices.?

Goentzel closed his address by encouraging graduates to care for those around them.

?The common denominator for everyone is how we invest in and how we cultivate our daily relationships,? he said. ?Even the most impactful businessman or aid worker, if he or she does not continually strive for healthy relationships in their daily interactions with family and colleagues, will diminish their quotient of success.

?This call to cultivating daily relationships, also applies to your parents, especially now as you take flight even further from the nest,? he added. ?Call them or text them, if you do, often. Your family and colleagues travel with you on your professional journey so take care of them.?

Goentzel told the graduates to find time to show love through their actions, not just through words.

?You will declare your faith through helping those who suffer, and you will define your character through the relationships with your family and your colleagues.?

An estimated 2,800 family, friends, alumni, faculty and staff attended the event.

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