64th Annual Commencement Exercises
Graduates reflect on four years at King's
On Saturday, May 5th, The King’s College held its annual Commencement exercises to honor the graduation of the class of 2012. Students reflected on their four years, received their diplomas, and were accepted into The King’s College Alumni Association. The event was held at 5th Avenue Presbyterian, and Lawrence Kudlow, best known as the host of the CNBC prime-time show “The Kudlow Report,” delivered the keynote address.
At the opening of the ceremony, President Dinesh D’Souza thanked parents for entrusting their students to the College for four years. “We are trying to send them out now into the world,” he said. “A world full of crisis and challenge, but also of opportunity and possibility.”
Chairman of the board of trustees, Andy Mills, was also presented with an honorary doctorate for his years of tireless service to the College and its future. Mills accepted the degree gratefully, but turned his attention to the ways that God has led King’s over the years. “Let no one have any doubt that God is in charge of The King’s College,” Mills said. “He is leading us powerfully in new areas of impact in the world. So to Him be all the glory.”
After remarks by chairman Mills, President D’Souza introduced Lawrence Kudlow as the keynote speaker. In addition to “The Kudlow Report,” he also hosts a radio show called “The Larry Kudlow Show,” is a columnist and editor at National Review, and is author of “American Abundance: the new economic and moral prosperity.”
Kudlow’s speech focused on the importance of optimism. He argued that American optimism should come ultimately from God and not from government, saying “That is where our freedom comes from, that is where our hope comes from, that is where our achievement comes from, and ultimately that is where I believe our optimism comes from.”
After advocating free market solutions to America’s economic problems, Kudlow encouraged students to trust God. “When you think things are hopeless,” he said, “when they look darkest. When you are suffering humiliating defeats the likes of which you never thought possible. When you hit a bottom that you never saw coming. Go to God. Trust God. Embrace God. Love God.”
Two graduates of the class of 2012, Jonathan Clark and Clara Limback, also spoke to the graduates. Limback, the valedictorian, encouraged graduates to seek Christ first. She said, “A Christian life of influence is a life of steady obedience, and it is here where our secondary objective, positions of influence, will come to fruition.”
Clark, selected by his peers to speak at commencement, encouraged the graduates, saying, “Know the redeeming grace of God as the source of true freedom to be what we are created to be: a moral, rational, divinely significant human.”
As Kudlow noted, graduates of the class of 2012 will enter into an economy that is struggling to create jobs in the midst of global uncertainty, damaged financial markets, and massive government debt. Still, many of the same graduates have already been hired at firms like MTV, Columbia University Press, Penguin Publishing, Digitas, Private Equity Investors, and more. Others have been accepted to prestigious programs like Georgetown Law and Yale Divinity School.
The King’s College educates students in the ideas upon which nations rise and fall. With a focused curriculum in the liberal arts tradition, students are prepared to help shape, and eventually to lead, the institutions of government, civil society, media, law, business, education, the arts, and the church. King’s is a Christian college located in New York City.
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