Graduate Darvelle Hutchins’ speech was entitled “Hopes and Dreams” and challenged his fellow graduates to become a catalyst for change in the world.
Hutchins earned a BA in Communication and Leadership and intends to go on to earn his doctorate degree in psychology with a counseling focus.
For now, though, Hutchins plans to get his first book published while working his way through graduate school. The book is entitled “Pursue Destiny” and is an inspirational guide that identifies the challenges every person faces on the journey of life.
“I heard the instruction of the Holy Spirit leading me to write a book,” Hutchins said. “I want to encourage my peers to draw near to God and to live life without limitations when we’re equipped with the armor of God.”
Fellow graduate Dan Neumer also delivered a speech at graduation.
Neumer has been a police officer for 16 years – the last 12 with the City of Delafield, Wisconsin Police Department. He also serves as an assistant team leader of the police department’s SWAT team.
“My wife Beth has almost completed her master’s degree, and I felt that if we were going to emphasize education, I should at least have my bachelor’s degree,” he said.
He chose Ottawa University because of the small class sizes and the accelerated terms, he said. He was able to complete 80 credit hours for his bachelors degree in just a year and 10 months.
“I, like many other students, had several choices of schools to attend, but I knew immediately when I got to Ottawa University that I had found a home,” he said. “I was met by a warm, welcoming and encouraging staff that made the decision to attend Ottawa University easy.”
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