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Op-Ed: Regent University’s Robertson School of Government–Commissioned for a Calling

“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.”

– Ronald Reagan –

“There comes a special moment in everyone’s life, a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission–a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment, he finds greatness.”

– Winston Churchill –

Calling. Purpose. Timing. We live in a day and age when the desire for individuals to walk in their calling is both wanted and needed for the nation and her people to succeed. What is your rendezvous with destiny? Will you pursue the road less traveled and answer the call for your life?

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

– Thomas Edison –

The Robertson School of Government (RSG) commissioning ceremony inspired and challenged the students to realize that God has called them to public service. The journey will not always prove easy; however, knowing that one’s life counts for something much greater will propel each graduate to remain focused and leave a legacy.

The founder, president, faculty and staff expressed the role the RSG graduates would walk into as equipped leaders, prepared to make a difference. Dr. Charles Dunn introduced the school’s founder, Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson with a timely phrase – “Ideas have consequences.”  Dr. Robertson began Regent University in response to God’s direction. Beginning as an idea, the ripple effect would result in directly influencing students; and, then these students going out to impact others.

Dr. Carlos Campos reminded the graduates that beyond the degree, God’s image would prove the element that would leave a legacy. Each student could go into society knowing that he or she would carry this image into culture to help a broken world.

With one final service remaining, students eagerly anticipate the grand finale at the commencement ceremony tomorrow. Reflecting on today and thinking about tomorrow’s significance while sitting in the front row of a sea of chairs, the sun setting and the fountain gently flowing in the background, the stage is set. Tomorrow, hundreds of students will receive their degrees. As servant leaders, they will leave this campus to fulfill their dreams. It proves a reminder that dreams do come true and when God makes them happen they are splendid.

The university-wide ceremony will challenge students to bring truth and leadership to a world in need. As the motto rings true, this is Christian Leadership to Change the World.

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.”

– Habakkuk 2:3 –

Update on May 5, 2012

For an overview of the Regent University commencement ceremony held on May 5, 2012, click here.


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