The week-long board and senate meetings of the Senate of Serampore College culminated on February 5, at Clark Theological College, Aolijen.
The whole event was sponsored by Clark Theological College. A total of 1248 persons graduated in various degree and diploma programs. Around 400 graduates received the certificate in person and the rest in absentia.
More than 70 senators and host of guests and invitees attended the convocation among whom the vice-chancellor of Nagaland University, Lumami and Dr. Werner, executive director of Ecumenical Theological Institute of WCC were also present at the occasion.
The convocation addressed was delivered by Dr. Samuel Kabue, executive director of Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (EDAN) wherein he spoke on the presence of persons with disabilities in all aspect of life of the Church and challenges they pose.
Prior to the convocation, delegates of Serampore College (University) convocation were treated to a special function organized by the hosting college, with the theme “Many Colors One Rainbow”. Indigenous and modern items were presented by students much to the delight of the guests. The presentations were a display of talents and cultural heritages.
The following day, a commemoration service was held chaired by Tali Ao, senior lecturer in NT at CTC. This is a regular service conducted as part of the Serampore College (Univ) convocation in grateful remembrance of the works of the Serampore trio: William Carey, Joshua Marshman and William Ward, the pioneers of Serampore College (Univ) in early 19th century.
The speaker was Rev. Dr. O. M. Rao, a former principal of Eastern Theological College, Jorhat. In his message, Dr. Rao reiterated the slogan of Dr Carey: “Expect Great things from God, Attempt Great Things for God.” He urged the congregation to be grateful for the exhilaration as well as the humiliation, which are characteristic experiences of all people in ministry and to be like the disciples of Jesus Christ who took the call of Christ seriously and followed him till death.
The master of Serampore College remarked that Clark Theological College has come a long way in its journey as a theological institution for the last 40 wilderness years and has developed into a strong faculty with a number of programs, and that it was equipped to contribute not only to the region but the nation as well as the international level, he added.
President of Senate of Serampore College thanked the principal and the faculty of CTC for the hospitality and excellent arrangement for the Senate meetings and the Convocation. Principal, Rev. Dr. Takatemjen thanked all the donors, well-wishers, friends and the Churches in and around Mokokchung town for co-hosting the delegates and the event as a whole.