Alumni of The King’s College recall the vision that brought them to New York City
On May 9, 2009, graduating students of The King’s College
New York, June 4, 2009—On May 9, 2009, graduating students of The King’s College recalled a particular vision that compelled them to move to New York City.
The vision of The King’s College is to educate exceptional students to help shape and lead the nation’s leading institutions of government, civil society, business, law, media, the arts, education and the church.
Students come to The King’s College because of this vision. Alumnus Jonathan M. Seidl, selected by his peers to address the Class of 2009, said he attended The King’s College because, “by studying true ideas, the Bible, and great thinkers, we would be prepared to shape and lead society.”
His further exhorted his classmates to remember why they came to King’s. “If we sacrificed four years of our lives wrestling with tough material, and whole-heartedly dedicated ourselves to politics, philosophy, economics, and business we could become strategic world leaders,” Seidl said.
Through hard times and late nights of studying, Seidl said it was the vision of the college that motivated him to continue. And as graduates seek jobs and establish their career paths, he encouraged them to cling to the vision, saying that “just as Paul stayed true to his Heavenly vision, so [graduates] must stay true to [theirs].”
Valedictorian Amber Rumelhart said the vision impressed her from her very first interaction with The King’s College. She appreciated this unique aspect of the college and said “Not too many other students cite a school’s mission statement as the main factor in choosing their college.”
Rumelhart reflected on the courses she took during her time at King’s and how they profoundly influenced the way she thought: “I had never before thought so deeply about my faith or about the reality of the world and the people in it.”
Most importantly, though, she said, “If there’s one thing that we can take away from our education at King’s, it’s that the problems facing man both within and without cannot be solved by economics alone, or politics alone, or philosophy alone.”
“For we can only transform society if we are first transformed by Christ,” she said.
The King’s College, committed to Jesus, the Bible and true ideas, is located in the Empire State Building in New York City.
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