Haigazian University Baccalaureate Service for the Class of 2013
On Sunday 23rd of June, a big number of the graduating class of 2013, along with their families and friends, attended the Baccalaureate Service, which took place in the First Armenian Evangelical Church in Beirut.
This service of thanksgiving started with a prelude by students Shogher Gerboyan and Nanor Majarian, followed by a processional hymn marking the entrance of the graduates, as they made their way through the church.
Many graduating students took part in the service; a graceful dance was performed by Koharig Apkarian and Shaghig Chaparian. Jason Wardan and Dima Abou Merhi shared some lessons from the Old and New Testament respectively. Youssef Al Masri and Priscilla Houtin, shared their reflections and appreciation to the University. Rula Habiby and Boghos Malian graciously animated the service with two solo songs “Never Let Go” and “You Raised Me up”. The Spiritual Life Band performed hymns entitled “More Love, More Power” and “Give Thanks”. Students Ruba Haddad and Dikran Seferian read the pledge of the graduates: “We, the class of 2013 of Haigazian University, in receiving this light, pledge to hold high the light of truth, to defend the light of freedom, and to spread the light of service to our communities, our country and our world. With truth, freedom and service illuminating our hearts, we will challenge each other, and our world, to uphold the worth of each human being, and we will strive for the betterment of society, knowing that this is pleasing to God.”
“As a community we come together to recognize that a heart full of gratitude is eventually and really what gives meaning to any success or completed journey. Thankfulness does not mean I got all I wanted. It means I got many things I did not even work for. It is called grace.” With these words, Rev. Paul Haidostian, President of Haigazian University, underlined the importance of the Baccalureate service to the graduating class of 2013.
Haidostian not only asked students to say thanks for all the grace bestowed on them, but he expressed the thankfulness of the Haigazian administration towards God for having students like them. “You kept Haigazian’s heartbeat even when we were immersed in our routine. So, for you, and for everything, thank you Lord”, Haidostian concluded.
In his keynote address entitled “Never Letting Go”, Rev. Nabil Shehadi, Vicar, of the All Saints' International Congregation in Beirut emphasized the importance of “not letting go” of God and also of their values and dreams. He pushed them to overcome all difficulties with faith and hope.
Several pastors of the community brought their share in this thanksgiving service. Rev. Hrayr Cholakian, pastor of the First Armenian Evangelical Church, offered the call to worship. The prayers of invocation and dedication were respectively delivered by Rev. Robert Sarkissian, and Campus Minister Rev. Bruce Scoup.
To conclude the service, the President of the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East, Rev. Megrdich Karagoezian, pronounced the benediction, whereupon the class of 2013 marched out of the church with the recessional, each carrying the light of truth, freedom & service to the world.
The service was followed by a reception in the Mugar Garden.