OTTERBURNE, MB – On April 22nd, our Alumni Department hosted a High Tea to celebrate our graduates and to officially welcome them into Providence’s alumni family. Our staff dressed in black and white to serve tea, coffee and strawberry shortcake. Faculty were also invited to sit and chat with their graduating students.
Guest speaker and alumnus, Dustin Martin, spoke about the big moments that stand out in one’s life. He said graduation should be one of those “fireworks and dropped jaws type of moments.” While he wished alumni had a secret handshake or a VIP airport lounge to help connect one with another, he shared it was more likely that people would recognize the Pilots’ crest on your hoodie wherever you go.
“You are joining a host of people who have and still call Providence home. So go into this world with joy and confidence, and may God bless you,“ concluded Martin in his speech.
Next, Alumni Coordinator, Grace Sandulak, welcomed those in attendance to a family of more than 10,000 Providence alumni who represent many different vocations and who work around the globe. She made reference to Dr Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go.
“We have a rich history of difference-makers since Providence’s humble beginnings as the Winnipeg Bible Training School in 1925. We are so pleased to call you family.”
President Kent Anderson closed the event with a prayer of blessing and each graduate was given a gift, a memento from their alma mater.
The day following High Tea, on April 23rd, Providence held an in-person graduation ceremony on our Otterburne campus, combining classes from the University College and Seminary. More than 90 students graduated this year, receiving undergraduate degrees in arts, business and science as well as graduate degrees from the seminary, including Master of Arts (MA), Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Doctor of Ministry (DMin).
See a selection of photos below.