Trinity Western masters minds

The sixth annual ceremony at North Langley Community Church, saw each graduate receive the traditional academic hood for completing their masters-level degree—a symbol of their newly-acquired areas of expertise in one of biblical studies, counselling psychology, leadership, or religion, culture, and ethics.

Abbotsford resident Margie Patrick was this year's valedictorian. “I was surprised and honoured to be chosen,” says Patrick, who received a masters of arts in religion, culture and ethics.

Patrick took five years to complete her degree while working full-time as a teacher at Abbotsford Christian Secondary. “The program was vigorous but rewarding,” says Patrick who continues to teach at the high school level. “Graduate studies helps me make sense of the world in which I live. If I can gain some understanding about the philosophical foundations of the ethical issues facing our society, then I can begin to contribute to the debates in a way that respects all, seeks truth, and builds bridges.”

Bill Acton, PhD, director of the School of Graduate Studies, agrees graduate education contributes to the larger social picture. “Through research and contact with faculty, today's graduates are equipped with an understanding of how their talents and expertise can help people and institutions respond to the marketplace,” says Acton. “That's why in many fields today, especially in professional studies, life-long learning and credentials upgrading has become essential.”

This year's Governor General's Gold Medal recipient Susan Frizzo of Langley, MA in leadership, seems to have already benefited from her degree. “Since graduation I've been offered four positions in leadership for the Fraser Valley Health Authority,” says Frizzo, full-time nurse who currently works as a care coordinator at MSA hospital. “Though I'm not sure where I'll serve yet.”

Other graduates from this year's class are set to take on roles including provisional chartered psychologists, health clinicians and leadership in web communications.

Abbotsford graduates include:
Cheryl DuMerton, MA in counselling psychology
Landra Mason, MA in counselling psychology
Tara Miller, MA in counselling psychology
Sam Rehman, MA in leadership
Kathryn Richards, MA in leadership

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 leadership.

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