We thank the Lord for a wonderful Graduation on 21 Mar 2015!
CCE is linked to North-West University and once a year those who achieved their B.Ed degrees the previous year, come back to Kwasizabantu Mission for the official graduation.
Since the students do the North-West University's curriculum they are also issued degrees by the appropriate officials from NWU. Officials were: Prof Robert Balfour (Acting Rector), Prof Barend Richter(Acting Campus Registrar), Dr Herman J van Vuuren (Acting Dean) and Prof Aubrey Golightly (Head of the division of Professional development of the faculty of Education), and Miss Daleen Gey Van Pittius.
Rev Erlo Stegen (Founder and Director of Kwasizabantu Mission and Recipient of the NWU Chancellor's Award), opened the 7pm proceeding with a devotion from Mat 12:43-45:
(43) "When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none.
(44) Then it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order.
(45) Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation."
Rev Stegen highlighted the importance of filling the cleaned house with the Triune God. If it is clean but empty the devil will fetch worse friends and the last state is worse than the first. He used and example of two intellectual giants, Wernher von Braun and Joseph Stalin. Both were brilliant academics with a Christian background but their end was completely different. One advanced rocket science and freely testified of his faith in Christ. The other turned away from God and was responsible for the deaths of millions of Soviet citizens. His death was a terrible thing as his daughter, Svetlana, reported. Rev Stegen challenged the students to not just "clean" their houses but make sure that Christ fills it.
Prof Robert Balfour (who as Dean of the Education Faculty at NWU) was the Acting Rector for the graduation, gave an excellent talk on the state of education in South Africa and the need for equipped educators.
The following candidates received their Bachelor of Education:
Hertel, Victoria Luise (Distinction)
Wellen, Terell Sean
Senior & FET Phase
Chiliza, Phindile Judith
Graf, Rahel (Distinction)
Khumalo, Thabani Thulani
Lee, Eunhye (Distinction) - absent
Moodley, Nicole Maygen
Pretorius, Miriam (Distinction)
Sibiya, Sinenhlanhla Yvonne
Sithole, Majuqula Isaac Siboniso
Steyn, Ilze (Distinction)
Van Wyk, Jocharm Sharline
As you will see in the photos, families of the graduates were very expressive in their joy of witnessing their sons and daughters receive their B.Ed degrees. There was much African ululation.
To all of you, what a celebration! Trumpets and horns to open the ceremony: Hymns and music from your hearts and souls: Messages to encourage and challenge us all! The Cedar College Graduation 2015 was a declaration of Ephesians 5:19-20, Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Thank you for inviting us to celebrate with you. It was truly a moment of time that we will never forget. From Suzette’s delicious “American brownies”, to Kjell’s message of obstacles to hell, to the welcoming dinner in the KSB Coffee shop, cooled by the refreshing downpour of a summer rain. God is honoured! The meaningful and respectful worship to honour our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, presenting to Him, the Cedar College Graduates. Andrew’s relaxed opening and closing remarks were well done, appropriate and suitable! All were challenged and encouraged by the words of Rev Stegen, “not to be an empty house”, and the mandates by Professor Balfour, that as teachers, “we can all make a difference!”
Thank you to all of the students who, along with their studies and assignments and exams and choir practice, participated with joy, professional service, a smiling attitude, and uplifted hearts.
Our most humbled and respectful thanks to all, knowing that it is all because of God’s never ending Grace and His Unfailing Love for us.
Ro. 15:5-6 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
On 15 March Cedar College of Education held its graduation in the Kwasizabantu auditorium. Rev Stegen gave a powerful devotion (will be uploaded soon). Functionaries on the stage included: Prof Barend Richter (Director of the School for National Science and Technology for Education of the NWU Campus); Dr Herman J van Vuuren (Director of the School for Human and Social Sciences at the Faculty of Education Sciences); Dr Bertus Le Roux (Acting Campus Registrar).
The current fourth year students and a few others went on an 12 day outreach to our Shuldzendal Mission (near the Drie Koppies dam) not far from Malelane.
There we helped to prepare for the 10th celebration of the mission at a youth service which took place 28 September - 1 October. It was wonderful to see so many youth which were about 800 - 1000.
Cedar College of Education hosted a music evening on the 24th of March at Kwasizabantu Mission, celebrating the 15th graduation of CCE. The evening was opened with a devotion taken by Kjell Olsen, the director of CCE. He spoke on Isaiah 51:1-3 where it is mentioned that we should look to the Rock from where we came. If we look to the Lord, our hearts will be filled with joy, praise and song.
The annual CCE 4th-year outreach took place during the first two weeks of the July holidays. Our team of 2011 included 17 of the 4th-year students and 6 lecturers. We set out on a sunny Saturday morning, loaded with “padkos” and very excited. The trip was to be a circular route from Natal to Virginia (KSB Mission Goldfields), then on to Moreson Mission at Malmesbury in the Cape Swartland. Coming back through the Eastern Cape, we would visit the Williams family on their farm close to Jeffreys Bay, after which we would tackle the last stretch of more than a 1000km back home.
On the 15th of May, Cedar College of Education, show-cased the university's cultural diversity by hosting a Cultural Evening. Students were encouraged to display their traditional dress, food/ cuisine, cultural idiosyncrasies and traits. Nine out of the total eighteen cultures presently accounted for at the college chose to participate in the first leg of this exciting event.
Proudly holding the flag high for their cultures were the Xhosa culture, the Indian culture, the Sudanese culture, the Afrikaans culture, the Swiss culture, the Dutch culture, the Zulu culture, the Swati culture, the Ndebele culture and lastly the culture that united everyone, the Christian culture.