DALLAS – Family and friends gathered in the historic Ruth Chapel on May 16 to celebrate the Criswell College class of 2015. The event marked the college’s 40th annual commencement ceremony. In all, 55 degrees were conferred.
Dr. Eugene Merrill, Old Testament Scholar-in-Residence, delivered the keynote commencement address. He charged graduates to be not only thankful for their degrees, but also for the goodness of God to them during their studies. Further, Dr. Merrill reminded graduates that every person arrives at a fork in the road and, like so many of God’s people before them, they should choose God’s preeminence over their own priorities. He concluded by reading Philippians 3 as a prayer for the graduates.
Master of Divinity graduate Winston Hottman also addressed his fellow graduates, praising Criswell College’s ability to help students understand how to play their part in God’s grand narrative of redemption. He likened Christian living to that of a puzzle—Christ is the perfect image, and each person must become a puzzle-builder, seeking to fit all of life together in light of him. Hottman noted that Criswell College “knows how puzzles work” and “understands that the human person—along with everything else in the created order—cannot be properly understood without reference to Jesus.”
Criswell College currently offers six undergraduate programs and six graduate programs, including two fully-online programs. The college recently announced a five-year high in enrollment and plans to renovate the current campus.