Saturday, May 14, 2016

Houghton College graduates class of 2016

HOUGHTON, NY (May 14, 2016) - On Saturday, May 14, Houghton College celebrated the graduation of the class of 2016 alongside family, friends, faculty, staff, administrators, the board of trustees and members of the class of 1966.
The traditional march included 235 of the 246 graduates who walked the campus quad and made their way past the faculty into Wesley Chapel lead by the cadence of echoing bagpipes played by Andrew Hutton ’18. These graduates will join the ranks of the over 22,000-plus other Houghton graduates throughout the world today.
Astronomer Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, director for the program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a senior astrophysicist at NASA gave the formal address to the graduates and attendees.
Wiseman commented, “As I reflect, I realize there were many times of uncertainty of what I was doing or will be doing…. There have been many times of feeling discouraged and afraid...but there was always hope knowing that God will direct my path…and he will do that for you as well. You can go forward with courage and great hope and excitement knowing that the God of the great universe is with you.”
Graduating senior Gabrielle Schott presented the senior class gift to the college: a 22-tree apple orchard to be used by both the college and the community.
Houghton College president, Shirley Mullen, concluded the event with words of wisdom for the eager graduates. “You have been challenged…to live to your hearts' content with the strength and consistency that only God can provide. Today, you are surrounded by people who love and support you…. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Be bold as you face the marvelous and terrifying world. Enjoy this moment today, and let your fears take second place…. Tomorrow, commit yourselves to the twin calls of patients and boldness.”
Snapshot of the Class of 2016
Valedictorian - Luke J. Rosamilia
Salutatorian - Jessica R. Guillory
Total # Graduating: 246 (13 Associate of Arts degrees, 223 Bachelor's degrees, 10 Master’s degrees)
Countries Represented: Six foreign countries represented: Antigua & Barbuda, Canada, Italy, Malaysia, United States and Zimbabwe