Growing. Transformative. Life-changing. Inspiring. Amazing. These are just some of the words this year's graduates used to describe their Wheaton experience.
The 156th commencement ceremony featured speaker Bob Fu, who had an important message to the 575 graduates. Fu is the author of "God's Double Agent: The True Story of a Chinese Christian's Fight for Freedom."
Arrested and imprisoned in China for his faith, Fu and his family became refugees before coming to the U.S. He currently serves with ChinaAID, an international non-profit Christian human rights organization committed to promoting religious freedom and rule of law in China.
"What will you do with your unbelievable heritage of freedom, prosperity and the knowledge of the true gospel of Jesus Christ?" asked Fu. "No other generation has the head start in life that most of you do today. Do not waste it. . . . Realize you have been given these things for a higher purpose. The world is waiting with outstretched hands. What will you place into these hands?"
The class of 2015 is the first to make two class gifts: a display case in the foyer of Blanchard Hall near the Burr Obelisk, and a "Journey to Freedom" scholarship for international students who have experienced conflict or discrimination from their home country.
The grads are heading out for a variety of jobs, travel and opportunities. They'll be working for companies like 3M, Chatham Financial, FCA and Al Jazeera; getting married; traveling overseas; pursuing masters degrees and starting internships. It's an exciting time of new beginnings, and we pray that each one goes out knowing they'll always have a home at Wheaton.