Colleges hold commencement services

DIMAPUR/KIPHIRE (YANGLI), APR 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/12/2019 12:15:29 PM IST

A number of educational institutions in Nagaland honoured their graduating students on April 12. Following are reports from four such programs.

TTC holds 22nd Graduation Service: Trinity Theological College (TTC), which is sponsored by Sumi Baptist Convention (SBC) comprising of three Sumi Baptist associations WSBAK, SABAK and SBAK, conducted its 22nd Graduation Service at the College Chapel Hall, Thahekhu in Dimapur on Friday.

Established in 1992, TTC is affiliated to the Senate of Serampore University and 800 students have graduated from the college.

In today’s graduation service, altogether 67 students graduated with Diplomas in Bachelors of Divinity (25 BD-5 years and 37 BD-four years) and five students graduated with Provisional Diplomas in Bachelors of Divinity (four BD-five years and one BD-four years). 

Delivering the graduation address, Rev. Dr. Phughoto Sema, chairperson Board of Governors TTC, said there were a lot of unresolved issues and challenges in society today. He was of the view that there was a need for alternative initiatives in Churches and the society.

Citing to God’s question to Moses in Exodus 4:2 “What is that in your hand?”, the reverend said no matter how insignificant or small one might be, if they surrender to God, He will use them and perform miracles.

Reminding the graduands that even if they were insignificant, God wants whatever small thing they may have, he said “It is not what is in your hand, but it is what you let God do with it.”

Also, referring to a research that states “When just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society,” Rev. Dr. Phughoto urged the congregation to be in a group of 10% of the total population who hold unshakeable beliefs and be agents of “alternative initiators” and bring people to God.

On the occasion, five students received proficiency awards including the Principal Award for Best Discipline in Christian Living (C Yanger Ao and Kiboli A Yeptho), Dr. Hokishe Sema Award for Social Service (Tonito), the SBC Award for Best Sermon (Sashimenla Longchar), Rev. Dr. Najekhu Sema Award for Scripture Knowledge (Ruth Malangmei), Rev. I Ivulho Award for Biblical Studies (Ruth Malangmei), the Faculty Award for Academic Excellency (Ruth Malangmei) and the Governing Board Award for General Proficiency (Ruth Malangmei).

Earlier, TTC principal Rev. Dr. Kavito Zhimo delivered a welcome address and Rev. Dr. Hevukhu Achumi, executive secretary WSBAK, released the college magazine. Commissioning and dedication of the graduates was administered by SBC director, Rev. Dr. Khehovi Shohe.

The ceremony was attended by the TTC Board of Governors, faculty members, students, guests and family members of the graduands. (Staff Reporter)

Oriental Theological College (OTC), Yangli holds commencement service: Oriental Theological College (OTC), Yangli held its 19th commencement service on April 12 at the college auditorium.

Commencement speaker of the program, Nagaland Baptist Church Council, general secretary, Rev. Dr. Zelhou Keyho, in his speech, said that mentoring spiritual relationships is the basis of Christian ministry. Dr. Keyho branded the graduates “New Theologically Literate Generation” and encouraged them to be competent in their service for the Lord.

Fifteen students were conferred certificates in Bachelors of Theology in the presence of well wishers and family. Executive secretary, United Sangtam Baptist Lithroti Ashimükong (USBLA) blessed the graduates by administering the act of dedication and offering a commissioning prayer.

On the occasion, the college also gave away awards to deserving students. Academic proficiency award was bagged by S. Tialila Sangtam. Rev. Litsase award for Leadership was given to Chipila. Lemrila was awarded Rev. Chotsimong award for preaching. The Lanuyanger award for Bible knowledge was given to Ritila Ruthethunger and Tsointhsi bagged Sekyüling award for Mission & Evangelism.

The “OTC Journal on Theological Inquiry” was also released by the commencement speaker. This journal addresses contextual issues of Church and society and is annually published as an academic exercise. The program began with an invocation offered by Likhumse, pastor of Kiding Baptist Lithro followed by an introduction session and welcome by the college principal. 

The Leader of the graduation service was Hopichum Lecturer OTC. 

The degrees and awards were conferred by the OTC principal, Chumpongse and Chumrilila, academic dean. Tialia spoke on behalf of the graduates. (Correspondent)

BTC holds graduation ceremony: The 27th Graduation Ceremony of Baptist Theological College (BTC) was held on April 12.

BTC principal, Yiepetso Wezah, in a press release stated that president of Chakhesang Baptist Church Council, Rev. Dr. Dingu Kenye, was the guest speaker for the occasion who spoke on the topic “No Little People.”

Rev. Dr. Kenye compared people to the staff of Moses. He challenged the graduates saying that they may be fragile, defective and easy to break because they are human beings, but there are no little people for God.

Surrendering to God can enable people to accomplish many great things through the hands of God, he added. Rev. Dr. Kenye urged the graduates to be happy with who they were and allow God to work through them. He also spoke about Hudson Taylor (James Hudson Taylor, -- May 21, 1832 to June 3, 1905 --, was a British Protestant Christian missionary to China and founder of the China Inland Mission, now OMF International), saying that all of God’s giants were weak people but they allowed God to use them. 

He asked the graduates to place themselves to hands of God for His Kingdom and glory.

On the occasion, BTC commissioned 38 committed candidates to God’s field.

WTC holds graduation program: Witter Theological College (WTC), Vankhosung, Wokha, held its 2nd graduation program on April 12, in the College quadrangle, under the theme: “Whom shall we serve?” (Joshua 24:15).

WTC assistant professor S. Ekonthung Ezung, in a pres release stated altogether seven students graduated the Bachelors of Divinity course. The college also gave away academic and other special awards to deserving students. N. Shanchobeni Odyuo got the “Proficiency Award” and Babu Bey received the “Best Graduating Student Award.”

The graduation address was delivered by Rev. K. Chumben Kyong, senior associate pastor, Lotha Baptist Church Dimapur. The speaker spoke on the given theme from the book of Joshua and challenged the graduates to remember their calling to serve God. He also asserted that book learning in the college and practical experiences on the field were entirely different and urged the passing out students to live a more dedicated and prayerful life to be successful in the ministry. He also reminded the graduates that “to serve God is to love God wholeheartedly,” with humble submission, re-dedication and adoration in order that others will be blessed materially, spiritually and physically.

Earlier, the program started with an invocation offered by N. Tumben Odyuo, assistant professor; Dr. Moanungsang, principal, said the, introduction & welcome address; the offertory prayer was said by Ethel Yanthan, assistant professor. The diplomas and certificates were presented by Talinungsang, academic dean and conferred by principal and board chairman in absentia. 

The special awards was presented by the principal and awarded by Rev. Nyanchumo Lotha, executive secretary, LBCA. A graduate response was delivered by N. Shanchobeni Odyuo.  Nsungbeni Ngullie, assistant professor, read from scripture.

The act of dedication was led by Nzanthung Ngullie, assistant professor; prayer of dedication was offered by the executive secretary. A message through song was presented by Tsenchibemo and Friends. The commissioning prayer was offered by Thungben Kikon, pastor, Wokha Village Baptist Church, and the benediction pronounced by Dhane Kikon, assistant professor.

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