Commencement welcomed families of 177 traditional and 53 adult studies graduates to campus on Saturday, May 15, 2010. The speaker for both ceremonies was Trinity alumna Barbara Hoekstra ’89, Ph.D., associate professor of education at Dordt College where she has been on faculty since 1997.
Hoekstra’s address, titled “Border Crossings,” encouraged students to view their life after graduation as a mission they have been sent on by God.
”The idea in the root meaning of ‘mission’ is important to consider, particularly for people at a check point, at a border crossing time in their life,” said Hoekstra. “Are you ready? Because today, you are being commissioned for a new leg of your journey.”
That journey—that mission—she said would start with students “pushing beyond” their present “comfort zones.” Hoekstra encouraged graduates to be willing to grasp “scary new God-given opportunities” and be willing “to cross a few borders.”
President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D., greeted Commencement guests. Jeanne de Haan, parent of senior Marissa de Haan of Hanford, California, and current board of trustees member, gave the invocation. The Commencement litany was delivered by Kyle Geenen ’10, student association president. The Honors Ensemble performed under the direction of Dr. Helen Van Wyck, Trinity professor of music and director of choral activities.
The graduates were welcomed to their new alumni status by Kevin Walker ’05, president of the alumni board of directors. The closing prayer was offered by Reverend Jai Mahtani, father of Trinity senior Samuel Mahtani of Grandville, Michigan.
Commencement program—Adult Studies
President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D., greeted Commencement guests. John Hoekstra, Ed.D., director of Adult Studies Education, gave the invocation. The Commencement litany was delivered by Latasha Buchanan ’10 of Chicago. Assistant Professor of Education Mary Webster Moore blessed everyone with song.
The graduates were welcomed to their new alumni status by Travis Bandstra ’06, director of alumni relations. The closing prayer was offered by Rev. Willis Van Groningen, Ph.D., chaplain.
More about the speaker
After her graduation from Trinity, Hoekstra served as a teacher and athletic director at Millbrook Christian School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She received her master’s degree in education leadership from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and her doctorate in adult and higher education from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion. Hoekstra has served on various boards, including Trinity’s Alumni Board, the Sioux Center Community Hospital Executive Board, and the Sioux Center Christian School Education Committee.