Northwest University (AG), located in Kirkland, Washington, celebrated its 76th commencement on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, Washington.
The processional was led by 50-year alumni from the class of 1962.
There were 362 degrees granted, including the first-ever doctoral degree from the institution, a Doctor of Psychology presented to Janet R. O'Donnell. In addition, 106 master's degrees, 253 baccalaureate degrees and 2 associate degrees were presented.
Brady Beard, a biblical literature major who graduated magna cum laude, was the class speaker. He has been serving as youth pastor at Redmond Assembly of God and will be attending Princeton Theological Seminary in the fall.
The commencement address was given by Randall Borman, Chief of Territories, Cofán Nation of Ecuador.
Born to American missionaries in Ecuador, Borman grew up in the rainforest deep in the Amazon jungle. His parents came to Ecuador in the 1950s to translate the Bible into the Cofán language. Since returning to Ecuador after graduating college at the age of 20, Borman has now been helping the Cofán re-acquire their tribal lands and preserve its rainforests for more than three decades. Currently, Borman has helped the Cofáns recover and protect over one million acres of their land ‹ now roughly the size of Delaware.
In his address, Borman focused on the words of Matthew 6:33 and encouraged the 2012 graduating class to keep their lives centered on God¹s Kingdom the state in which God is the complete Master.