OBU Confers Degrees on 254 Graduates
May 23, 2009Encouraged to continue learning and entertained by a professor's original musical composition, 254 Oklahoma Baptist University graduates received their diplomas during the university's Spring Commencement Saturday morning, May 23, in OBU's Raley Chapel.
An overflow audience of more than 1,800 people attended the formal graduation ceremonies. Dr. Bradley D. Jett, OBU's Hurley professor of biology, delivered the Commencement address, closing with a song for the graduates. Speaking on "how Christian discipleship is like being an OBU student," Jett pointed out a collection of similarities ranging from comical to life-altering.
He quipped that many students, like Jesus' disciples, "wear flip-flops and rarely do laundry" and also noted that neither Jesus nor his disciples used Facebook. But he also stressed the challenges both disciples and college students face. "Like being a good disciple, being a good OBU student is hard," Jett said. "Is it easy to be an effective disciple? No. ... [Jesus said] discipleship is hard. It's supposed to be hard. Being hard is what makes it great. "Taking the easy way in your walk with God is a good way to destroy your discipleship," he said. "Likewise, taking the easy way is a good way to destroy a good mind and a good education." Jett explained that the only question he did not want from students was, "What's going to be on the test?" "At OBU, we did not want you to be satisfied with the superficial answers that would simply get you by," he asserted.
|Dr. Brad Jett surprised the graduates with an original song he wrote for Commencement.|
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