Dear Class of 2012:
On behalf of the Assemblies of God and myself personally, heartfelt congratulations on this significant day in your life.
First, you came to Vanguard University to RECEIVE. Several years ago you left your comfort zone and came full of expectation to receive a great education and learn from the example of Christ-like professors. You came also to make new friends. Some of you even found a spouse.
Second, you stayed at Vanguard University to GROW. You are not the same person you were [two,] three, or four years ago. You persevered to the end. Today you leave all the academic requirements behind and the great spiritual experiences you’ve had on this campus – as well as your many friends, some of whom will be friends for a lifetime. You stayed in this place to grow.
Third, you leave to GIVE. Your faith, character, and conduct have matured. Now you leave in order to make a difference for Christ and His Kingdom. You leave to serve Jesus, His Church, and His World. You have received much, now go forth and give much!
May the good favor of the Lord rest upon you all your days!
For Christ and His Kingdom,
Dr. George O. Wood
The General Council of the Assemblies of God (Springfield, MO)
May 4, 2012
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