University holds virtual Graduation Ceremony
On Friday 27 March, members of the University of Divinity gathered together as an online community to hear from the scriptures, to pray together and to witness the graduation of some 346 students, including a number of ALC students—the online ceremony replacing the traditional Melbourne based celebration originally scheduled to be held at St Patrick's Cathedral.
In addressing the virtual gathering, the Chancellor, Dr Graeme Blackman acknowledged the sacrifice that graduating students had been forced to make in foregoing the much anticipated celebration of their academic achievements, in order to protect the health and safety of the University’s members and the general public from the Coronavirus.
The scripture reading taken from Ecclesiastes chapter 3:1-13 was read by Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Sherlock, who reflected on its relevance to the situation the world now finds itself in saying, ‘The speed and enormity of change is challenging for each of us. The threat of illness confronts us with our own mortality. In this context, our reading from Ecclesiastes is timely.’
‘God has made everything suitable for its time. God has put a sense of past and future into our minds. These scriptures point to two tasks for each of tonight’s graduates which they are now called and prepared to undertake.’
‘Discern the times and use your imaginations as you seek out ways to serve others.’
A thanksgiving service for graduates is planned for a later date—at a time when it is once again safe to gather.
The virtual ceremony can be viewed here: Melbourne Graduation Ceremony