The end of the spring semester is always a call for celebration, especially for seniors. From graduation parties to end-of-the-year dinners, it is a time to reflect and appreciate the college experience. Each year at the start of April, the Office of Alumni Relations hosts the Alumni Initiation, an event where seniors (soon-to-be-alum) are inducted into the prestigious APU network of alumni.
This year, the tradition continued with more than 150 seniors gathered on the West Campus lawn for dinner. The dinner was reminiscent of freshman year, when, as incoming freshman, the class gathered together on West Campus for In 'N Out their first night at APU.
Matt Browning Ed.D., associate vice president for internationalization, spoke to the students and encouraged them in their future endeavors. Browning also prayed over the students and the next step of their journey.
Senior Gift Committee member and communications major Kelly Burda '10 spoke about this year's senior gift contribution. The Class of 2010 gift will support the APU Focus International Missions teams going to Haiti. With three teams headed to Haiti, two medical and one construction, the funds would help provide medical supplies, building materials, food, clothing, and educational materials. The hope is that if the entire class of 2010 contributes $10, about $10,000 could be raised for Haiti missions.
Students in attendance also received a free alumni T-shirt and license plate holder that commemorates their 2010 graduation. After dinner, President Jon Wallace, DBA, gathered the seniors for a candle lighting ceremony and prayer. Alumni enjoyed spending the evening with friends, reminiscing about their time at APU and looking forward to what is to come in the future.