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.