H.E. Hon. Dr. Stephen Kalonzo, Musyoka, at SCU’s 55th Graduation Ceremony on November 13th, 2020
December 22, 2020 | 8:48 am
The Vice-Chancellor, Distinguished Guests, Graduants, Ladies and Gentlemen,
All Protocols Observed,
It gives me great pleasure to join this Esteemed Gathering as we celebrate yet another great milestone for the Scott Christian University.
Today’s occasion is special as it marks the 55th Graduation for this great institution of higher learning. Over the years, this university, which was earlier on known as the Scott Theological College, has so far produced more than 10,000 graduates: great men and women who have become beacons of hope and inspiration to thousands (if not millions), both in Kenya and beyond. Among the most notable graduates of this university are the late Bishop Ezekiel Birech of the African Inland Church, Bishop Dr. Silas Yego, former Presiding Bishop AIC, and Prof. James Kombo.
A truly big day
Allow me to take this auspicious moment to congratulate each of those graduating today, for the valor and zeal you have put in during your years in this institution. Today, the results of your hard work are here for all to see. Indeed, it is a truly big day for all of you. Your lecturers, parents and guardians, too, deserve special mention. Without them, you would not be in this Graduation Square today. All of you together, as one Scott Christian University Family, you have shown that unity is strength.
With those introductory remarks, let me now go to the gist of my speech.
I believe that you have been taught about the virtues of moral rectitude, dedication to duty, perseverance in times of iniquities, as well as the importance of embracing hope and joy even when the odds seem insurmountable. (“Let your Hope keep you joyful, be Patient in your troubles, and Pray at all times.” Romans 12:12). These are virtues that every Christian must have, if we are to make an impact in this greatly challenging world. In short, by the time you are graduating from this university, you must be morally upright, spiritually mature, intellectually competent, and be willing to serve God and humankind with dedication, no matter how difficult the circumstances are. This is in fulfillment of the Christian faith and God’s Law.
Let me hasten to add that today’s graduation ceremony is quite unique in that it is steeped in extremely challenging times. With Covid-19 and huge unemployment rates prevalent not only in Kenya, but also in the rest of the world, these are pressing times indeed. While unemployment has been steadily growing in Kenya (as well as elsewhere), Covid-19 has just made a bad situation much worse. However, as author Robert Schuller says, tough times do not last, but tough people do. Hebrews 12:7 says: “Don’t despise tough times… Instead let them develop strength, wisdom, endurance, humility, submission, courage, and grace in you.”
Yet, you should all take courage today because, despite the challenges, the future is bright for all of you. This university is known to specialize in teaching liberal arts, which are highly rated by most employers both locally and abroad. Fields such as English, Communications, History, Psychology, and Theology are intended to give you general knowledge and the ability to think critically and learn any subject – as opposed to specific skills needed for a technical profession. Instead, liberal arts sharpen your research, writing and critical thinking skills to prepare you for a broad range of careers. In his book “You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Education,” Forbes contributing editor George Anders writes that companies look for five key qualities in potential employees. These are: eagerness to tackle uncharted areas, ability to solve murky problems, well-honed analytic methods, keen awareness of group dynamics, and ability to inspire and persuade others. I believe Scotts Christian University has fully prepared you towards these achievements.
Spirit of Service
In conclusion, I wish to exhort all of you graduating today to embrace the Spirit of Service to both God and Mankind. Not only will you be greatly blessed; you will also self-fulfillment from doing so. 1 Peter 4:10-11., says: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.”
Let us all be inspired by the Scriptures in Colossians 3:23-24: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Therefore, my exhortation to all of you, dear Grandaunts, is: Go ye Forth and Serve!