Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) celebrated its 73rd annual commencement ceremony with 161 graduates on May 4, 2012. Architect Jack DeBartolo, Jr. FAIA, served as the keynote speaker.
Joseph Melo, senior class president, offered the Scripture reading from 2 Peter 1:5-11. As is VFCC's tradition, a tree will also be planted on campus in honor of the Class of 2012.
Commencement speaker, Jack DeBartolo, Jr., treated the graduating class to valuable advice and wisdom. In his commencement address, he encouraged the graduates to look for opportunities to spread the word of God and to be committed to their careers.
"I want to challenge you to be intentional and have a determination to endure all the circumstances that your faith and life can hand your way," DeBartolo said. "My challenge for you this afternoon is for you to aggressively, with intention, lean into the wind of life and fix your heart and mind with the purposes of God."
President Meyer, in his remarks to the Class of 2012, stated, "You now stand at the threshold, each one of youŠthe wait is over. An indescribable adventure awaits you." Meyer shared a quote from a poet, "'Come to the edge,' he said. They said, 'We are afraid.'
'Come to the edge,' he said. They came. He pushed them. And they flew." Meyer finished by saying, "It is now time to fly. The wait is over."
At the end of the ceremony, Rev. Tom Rees '84, president of the VFCC Alumni Association, welcomed the graduating class of 2012 into the alumni family.