University of Mobile Graduation Highlights Great Commission Tradition

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A highlight of University of Mobile’s graduation ceremony on campus at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, will be the Great Commission Tradition.

The Great Commission Tradition is grounded in the biblical worldview that is the foundation of the University of Mobile experience. It includes two ceremonies: President’s Commissioning that marks the beginning of a new student’s college experience, and Commencement that signals the beginning of a new graduate’s impact on the world. Its centerpiece is the Great Commission Globe, located at the heart of the University of Mobile campus on the Dr. Fred and Sue Lackey Great Commission Lawn.

President’s Commissioning is held at the beginning of each fall semester. During a ceremony of prayer and worship, incoming students touch the globe as they process toward Weaver Hall. This first touch symbolizes the student’s commitment to open his or her mind and heart to the intellectual development and spiritual transformation that lies ahead.

This transformative process takes place within a biblical worldview that serves as the pathway by which students are prepared to fulfill the Great Commission as noted in God’s Word through:

Proverbs 9:10 – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” | Describes our calling to Him
Genesis 1:26 – “Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;…” | Describes who we are in Him
Romans 12:2 – “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may provide what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” | Describes our transformation by Him

The second touch occurs at Commencement as the new graduates recess from the ceremony, moving forward toward the world beyond campus. This final touch symbolizes the commitment of University of Mobile alumni to answer God’s call, as described in Isaiah:

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Isaiah 6:8

In this way, a biblical worldview acts as the framework in preparing each student to know Him and serve His will through one’s professional calling in fulfilling the Great Commission.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean

Kathy is an award-winning media relations director and former journalist whose expertise has enabled the University of Mobile to gain national and regional attention. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Auburn University and worked as a journalist for 12 years, including 10 years at the Mobile Press-Register, earning regional and national awards for coverage of education, deadline reporting and feature writing. She joined the University of Mobile staff in 1993, earning awards for writing and public relations including the Baptist Communicators Association grand prize for feature writing in 2015 and 2012. She is a charter member of Providence United Methodist Church, serves on the board of the John Will Scholarship Foundation, and is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. Kathy lives in Daphne with her husband, Chuck, who earned his M.B.A. from the University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.

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