Twenty Years of Dallas International Commencements
On Tuesday, June fourth, Dallas International University held its twentieth Commencement Exercise, celebrating our 2019 graduates at Dallas First Church of the Nazarene in DeSoto, Texas.
Dr. Scott Berthiaume, Dean of Academic Affairs, presided over the ceremony with Dr. Doug Tiffin giving the annual Presidential Address, and the Dallas International Choir and Ensemble performing “Facing a Task Unfinished.” Dr. Jean Ngoya Kidula, Professor of Music (Ethnomusicology) at the University of Georgia, was the guest speaker.
Dr. Kidula shared about our daily bread— how each culture has its own staple food, and how that compares to the variety of skills and abilities each graduate will bring to the table in future work. She also spoke to graduates of the value of taking time out to rest and to remember that they need the skills and support of others to be successful.
This year, the student body chose Micah Welch, graduating with an MA in Applied Linguistics, to share at Commencement. Micah reminded graduates that Dallas International has shaped them deeply but is only one stop on a journey of making an impact around the world. He encouraged graduates to remember that they have forged and experienced deep friendships during their time at Dallas International and that, as they move on, they are not alone.
We are excited to celebrate twenty-four graduates. Four graduates earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Service, two graduates earned a Master of Arts in Language and Culture Studies, fifteen graduates earned a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics, and two graduates earned a Master of Arts in World Arts.
Will you join us in praying for our recent graduates as they go off into the world — that they would continue to trust for their daily bread, that the relationships forged here at Dallas International would remain strong, that they would find time and ways to rest when needed, and that they would have the wisdom and strength needed as they branch out in their next steps. Please also pray for their families and for the teams and workplaces these graduates will join.
Many congratulations to our twentieth graduating class and their families! We at Dallas International rejoice along with them and are so grateful to all the donors who have partnered with them and with our university to empower them in completing their degree programs. Thank you!
We thought you would enjoy meeting just a few of the twenty-four graduates from Dallas International’s 20th Commencement celebration.
Adelaide completed a BA in International Service with a minor in Linguistics. She will be returning to Dallas to work in the College of International Studies.
Aaron completed an MA in Applied Linguistics with a Bible Translation concentration. He and his wife, Rebekah, are with Pioneer Bible and will be moving to West Africa to join an Old Testament translation project.
Steven completed an MA in Applied Linguistics with a Descriptive Linguistics concentration. He and his wife, Debbie, are returning to Papua New Guinea to continue their field work in descriptive linguistics.
Lloyd completed an MA in Applied Linguistics with a concentration in Descriptive Linguistics. He is planning to serve with WorldView Ministries in Asia in descriptive linguistics and translation.
Phinehas completed a BA in International Service with a minor in Linguistics. He is returning to his home state where he will begin a career in business development.
Ryan completed an MA in Applied Linguistics with a concentration in Bible Translation. He and his wife, Alyssa, are with Wycliffe Bible Translators and together with their children are planning to serve in Europe.
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