The program featured student speakers JaSheena and JaTina Cathey ’14, sisters from Richton Park, Illinois; Kevin Hahn ’13 of Cedar Lake, Indiana; and Ashley Veurink ’11 of Corsica, South Dakota. Each shared thoughts about the influence of their grandparents in their lives and about their Trinity experience.
Guests enjoyed performances from various Trinity groups, including the Concert Choir, Wind and Honors ensembles, and the men’s barbershop quartet, In ConTroll.
The Cathey twins brought some humorous sibling rivalry to the auditorium stage as they welcomed grandparents to campus. They then shared their story of having been raised by their grandparents, a life experience that factored into their decision to choose Trinity.
“The value of an education goes back to our roots, which start with our grandparents,” said JaSheena. “To graduate from college is both a privilege and an honor. But to graduate with a Trinity education is an acknowledgement in the sight of man and a ‘well done’ in the sight of God.”
Business major Kevin Hahn explained that through his courses he has learned how business is tied in with God’s plan. “Living by the biblical requirements of justice, humility, and love, Christians involved in business can have a positive impact on the world. God has uniquely equipped and placed businesspeople to use their skills and experience to be agents of transformation within their own businesses, in their communities, and around the world,” said Hahn. “If it weren’t for Trinity, I may have never learned that.”
Also speaking to the influence of her grandparents and her Trinity education, Ashley Veurink, editor in chief of The Courier said, “My grandparents have been monumental in forming my value of Christian education, and Trinity has played an instrumental role in shaping me as an individual because of my choice to come here for that value.
“But what does my experience mean to my grandparents? For them, Trinity has given me an education I couldn’t receive anywhere else and an opportunity to practice and live out my faith in a welcoming, encouraging community.”