STEINBACH, Man.—Steinbach Bible College celebrated the graduating class of 2021 with a livestreamed celebration over April 23–24. In total, 38 graduates were recognized with seven Certificate of Biblical studies, nine Associate of Arts, and 22 Bachelor of Arts degrees.
With a third wave of COVID-19 looming in Manitoba ahead of the official graduation date, provincial restrictions in place with more likely to come, SBC was tasked with celebrating graduates while maintaining safety and adhering to public health guidelines.17
After many altered plans and sacrifices of tradition—no spring concert, banquet, or friends and family-filled seats—celebration took place privately among students and staff with each awards chapel, celebration chapel, and conferring of degrees (with three allowed guests per graduate to witness the conferring) live-streamed for supporting family and friends from across the campus, province, country, and globe to “attend” safely. Each chapel was held twice over with half of the graduates being recognized each time to keep numbers within provincial guidelines.
“Graduation serves as a time to reflect on the growth and maturing of our students. What greater satisfaction can I have than to see students grow in their relationship with Jesus, be eager to serve the church and have a passion to engage the world,” reflects SBC President Rob Reimer.
“We are graduating from a college that has fostered and developed our love for the Word, and the Lord, and for his people,” said 2021 class valedictorian, Andrew Reimer, BA Christian Studies, who addressed his fellow grads and online viewers during Saturday’s Celebration Chapel.
He continues, “Wherever our separate paths lead, as we scatter from here, I want to encourage us to follow through on these things; to commit to using what we have learned to follow Christ in tangible actions. Choose him and live like it.”
The commencement address was given by Trudy Dueck, a 1980 BA graduate of SBC. Dueck, who served on the SBC Board for six years (four as chairperson), encouraged graduates to “occupy” the land the Lord has given them. “I challenge you, be a faithful presence in your neighbourhoods, wherever you are,” Dueck says. She continues, “Do business there, live incarnational lives. Look for ways to do justice and love mercy. Occupy that neighbourhood and spread the love of the kingdom of God. As you wait, occupy until he comes.”
President Reimer concludes, “I wait with anticipation, to hear of your journey beyond SBC and a life of continued service, for the sake of the kingdom.”