Over 500 students transition to graduates this spring

In commencement ceremonies at Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly, family, friends, and faculty gathered to watch TWU’s class of 2004 collect their degrees and become graduates poised to enter the marketplace.

“Over the few years these graduates have been students at TWU, we’ve urged them to prepare for and accept the challenges of leadership—to make a difference,” says TWU president Neil Snider, PhD. “Today we’re thrilled so many accepted the challenge.”

For valedictorian Tim Gutteridge of Prince George, B.C., TWU has provided him with a memorable learning experience. “My time at TWU has increased my confidence and helped me become a well-rounded person,” says Gutteridge who received a B.Sc. in natural and applied sciences with great distinction. “I never expected I would learn so much in areas other than academics.”

A testament to his studious character, Gutteridge is the winner of this year’s Governor General’s Silver Medal, an award given to TWU’s undergraduate student with the highest GPA. The award will bode well for him as he pursues graduate studies in medicine after a year in the President’s Internship program at TWU which he’ll begin in August. “I’m an overachiever by nature,” he admits.

Joining him as valedictorians are Daniel Martens, BA in general studies with great distinction from Abbotsford, B.C. and Daniel Steenburgh, BA in religious studies and philosophy with great distinction, from Oshawa, Ontario. This year TWU elected a valedictorian for each of the three ceremonies.

A trio of distinguished guests who exemplify leadership through their academic and career achievements were present to encourage graduates and receive honorary degrees. Eleanor Clitheroe, MBA, Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario and counsel with the law firm of Gauthier and Associates, received an honorary doctor of laws. Gerald R. Baron, MA former TWU professor and founder of the marketing and public relations firm Baron and Company, received an honorary doctor of humanities. Kenneth R. Davis, PhD, TWU professor emeritus, received an honorary doctor of humanities.

Jason Senechal from Guelph, Ontario, who died unexpectedly last summer, received a post-humous degree. His parents accepted the BA in human kinetics on his behalf. Senechal was a member of the men’s volleyball team.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,500 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 13 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2015-07-20
Author: Keela Keeping