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Baccalaureate Ceremony: Praying for the Class of 2024

The university’s recent baccalaureate ceremony was uplifting and inspiring, marked by a moving address from Rev. Dr. Dominique A. Robinson, John Hines Assistant Professor of Preaching, Seminary of the Southwest. As graduating students prepared to embark on the next chapter of their lives, Rev. Dr. Robinson’s words of wisdom and encouragement resonated deeply with the audience.

The ceremony began with a solemn processional as graduates entered the Lawless Memorial Chapel. The atmosphere was charged with anticipation and reflection as family members, faculty, and friends gathered to celebrate the achievements of the graduating class.

The 18th Mister Dillard University, Tyler Finley, spoke to his class about the strong community Dillard provided to prepare them for their next chapter. “We have walked this journey together through highs and lows, triumphs and challenges. Yet we have lifted each other, learned from one another and, most importantly, grown in unimaginable ways. 

Dillard University has been more than just a place of learning for us. It has been a home, a sanctuary, and a training ground for leadership and service. The African concept of community has shaped us into a true family. A tribe united by shared values and an unwavering commitment to excellence.”

Rev. Dr. Dominique Robinson took to the stage not as a distant figure but as a relatable mentor. Her powerful voice filled the chapel with reverence and purpose, drawing from her life experiences and unwavering faith. This personal touch in her delivery created a heartfelt connection with the audience, making her message of hope, resilience, and faith in the face of challenges all the more impactful. 

From Genesis 16:6-16, her message was entitled ‘How to Survive the Bombs of Life.’ As she spoke, Rev. Dr. Robinson emphasized the importance of trusting God. She reminded the graduates that their experience these past four years is evidence that He will always be with them, even through the bombs of life.

“The truth is you can look over these past four years and testify to know that bombs didn’t stop coming. But God kept God-ing, and God kept showing up. God kept protecting. God kept providing. God kept healing. God kept showing up. How do you survive the bombs of life once you leave this place? Remember what the Lord did for you in these four years.” 

The audience listened intently as Rev. Dr. Robinson shared anecdotes and insights from her journey, illustrating how faith and perseverance had guided her through adversity and doubt. Her words served as a source of inspiration for the graduating class, reminding them of the strength and resilience they possess within themselves.

As the ceremony drew to a close, Rev. Dr. Dominique Robinson led a heartfelt prayer, blessing the graduates and sending them forth with words of encouragement and hope for the future. The baccalaureate ceremony served as a meaningful prelude to the upcoming graduation ceremony, leaving a lasting impression on all who attended.

As the graduating class prepared to embark on their next chapter, the ceremony served as a powerful reminder of the transformative power of education. It instilled a sense of hope and inspiration in all who attended, reaffirming the belief in the potential for positive change that education brings.

With their nursing pins affixed to their uniforms, these 15 nursing graduates stand on the brink of a fulfilling and impactful career in healthcare. Their dedication, compassion, and hard work have prepared them to deliver high-quality care to those in need, and their commitment to excellence will undoubtedly make a difference in the lives of countless individuals. Congratulations to the newest cohort of nurses, poised to make a meaningful and lasting impact in healthcare.