Our very successful Adult Degree Completion Program has just recently graduated its first cohort - what a wonderful acheivement! I recently asked Prof. Holley Clough to reflect on these last two years.
Reflections from the Director
Graduation for students in a degree completion program is the joyous achievement of a lifetime goal. This fall, Multnomah is pleased to celebrate the completion of such goals for
students that are graduating from the Alpha, Beta and Gamma Cohorts. The students in these cohorts are the first graduates for Multnomah University’s Degree Completion Program. As the Director of the Program, it is a highlight of my job to see this event occur. The goal is accomplished one step at a time, earning credit, bonding with fellow students, leaning on God for the tenacity to face the challenges of being in class, raising families and working at the same time.
For Me Personally
As I reflect on the last two years, I can see the growth of individual students as they have thought through what they want to do with this degree. For me personally, I know I have achieved my calling to this program when I can say that I resonate my faith by creatively helping others discern and develop their God-given potential. Every day that I come to work, I can see the hand of the Lord in students’ lives as their eyes and their words reveal God’s active ministry to their hearts as He releases who they are through the learning in this program. Some individuals want to attain the degree as the goal itself, which is fantastic. Then other students decide to take their learning into new areas such as graduate school to attain seminary, teaching or counseling degrees. There are others yet, that are moving into foreign missions and church service.
Do You Like Your Job?
Lastly, recruiting students is a primary responsibility in my role. Recently a potential student randomly asked me, “Do you like your job?” I was taken by surprise, but laughed and replied, “Yes, I love my job. It is like a giant puzzle.” I get to help adults think through all the pieces of their lives, look at their priorities and dreams and help them figure out how their dreams might be possible.” After the student comes into the program and then graduates as the Alpha, Beta and Gamma cohorts are this fall, I get to realize the dreams with the students and rejoice in what the Lord has done and will continue to do in their lives.
“ To God be the glory great things He has done… Praise the Lord, let the people rejoice.”
It doesn’t get any better than that!