On April 28 and 29, Kingswood held our Baccalaureate and Commencement services celebrating our forty-nine graduates of 2017. We are proud of all that our students have accomplished and look forward to what God has in store for them next.
We had the honour of Dr. Marsha Boyd-Mitchell (’96), principal of Sussex Christian School, offer the message at for the Baccalaureate service. She focused on how the graduates have stood shoulder to shoulder while studying and are now about to stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before them, to continue God’s good work. She urged graduates to not compromise the truth of God’s Word as they seek to live out their callings.
Dr. Wayne Schimdt, general superintendent of The Wesleyan Church, presented words of insight to all for the Commencement Service. He stressed the need to give God all the glory in everything that we do and that if we should attempt to take the glory for ourselves God would oppose us. He also pointed out that God has a calling for each of us and no two are alike. We can’t attempt to live out another’s calling but must live out our own according to His perfect will.
Nathan Maskery gave the salutatory address, while Oliver Locke gave the valedictory address. Both expressed their gratitude for Kingswood preparing them for ministry with constant help and support from the staff, the faculty, and their peers.
The following alumni received the honour of becoming part of the Delta Epsilon Chi Honour Society as the result of their academic and ministry achievements:
Dr. Marsha Boyd-Mitchell (’96)
Marsha graduated from Kingswood with the Bachelor of Science degree in Christian School Education in 1996. Two years later she joined the faculty of Sussex Christian School. She is now the school principal. Marsha earned the Master’s of Teaching degree from Cairn University and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Liberty University.
Kristy Tapper (’00)
Kristy earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Education with a Music Ministry major in 2000. In 2010 she earned the MA in Human Services, Marriage, and Family Counselling from Liberty University. While in Ontario she directed a community preschool program in Alymer, Quebec, that specialized in children learning English and/or those with special needs. She was also a provincial coordinator for a Canadian charity serving individuals with vision loss.
McCaila Cosgrove (’17)
As a second-year student, McCaila was Drama Association leader and directed a production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” In her third year, she served as Student Council President. She also served first as a member of a summer ministry team and, for the last two summers in the staff role of Summer Teams Coordinator.
Laurel Corbett (’17)
Laurel has worked on two degrees for the past four years. She graduated with the Global Ministry degree, and then next year she will graduate with the Christian School Education degree. In a few weeks, she departs for central Asia to complete her two internships. She has served the campus through Student Council for three years, as Secretary, Vice President, and this year as Student Global Impact Director. She has also served as a Resident Assistant.
John Lamos (’17)
John has a great mind and is a full participant in his classes, always asking questions and keeping his professors on their toes. John has participated in chapel worship teams, Praxis ministries, and other aspects of campus life. His heritage of ministry is deep; his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather are/were all ordained ministers, along with many other family members in various forms of ministry.