San Francisco, CA. - On the first day of February, faculty and staff together with hundreds of students convened at Olivet University for Spring Convocation 2010. The ceremony was held in the University Chapel at the main campus in downtown San Francisco, California.
The exercises commenced with a procession of academic leaders into the Chapel, followed by a succession of warmhearted addresses by University President Dr. William Wagner welcoming the Olivet community to a new semester. Musical selections and choral devotions from the Jubilee College of Music interspersed the evening's events.
The Convocation Address was delivered by Dr. Paul de Vries, President of New York Divinity School and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Evangelicals. In his address Dr. de Vries discussed the significance of Olivet’s Faith First educational philosophy, which says that all knowledge exists and can only rightly be understood in the context of Biblical truth. He described examples of this principle’s Biblical basis and contemporary application, including instances where truth-seeking efforts made in “good faith” led to discovery and acceptance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Immediately following convocation guests enjoyed a special reception at the executive offices of Olivet University to celebrate the occasion.