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Multnomah Celebrates 60 Years of Graduate Certificate Program

11/7/2007
Join Multnomah Biblical Seminary in celebrating the Graduate Certificate program's 60th anniversary. The first of its kind in the country, Multnomah launched the program in the fall of 1947 after the Trustee Board approved a proposal by Dr. Willard Aldrich. The program, which started with 11 students enrolled, now has 100 students. In 1947, the classes were held in the 1033 building at 703 Northeast Multnomah Street (this building still stands in the Lloyd Center district).

Presently, the seminary also offers alternative schedule options that allow students to attend part-time when ministry, family responsibilities, or work obligations conflict with the traditional schedule of the one-year Graduate Certificate program. A two-year, Friday-only schedule and a two-year evening schedule are available.

"In the 19 years that I've been working with students in the Graduate Certificate program, I've seen the time spent at Multnomah become a pivotal point in their spiritual maturity and direction. Not only has each student grown in their knowledge of the Word, but also closer and more in love with the author of the Word," said Professor Carley Wecks, Multnomah Biblical Seminary's dean of students. "The program becomes a catalyst in their spiritual walk as they live in community with others that are also committed to Him and to His service."

Visitors can celebrate the occasion with the seminary by viewing a special display in the John G. and Mary Mitchell Library. The display, created by seminary staff, Kristen Hepner and Emi Koe, contains the Commencement program from the first Graduate Certificate class in the spring of 1948, several yearbooks, class photographs, Dr. Mitchell's last public prayer, and names of present faculty and staff who are Graduate Certificate graduates.

For more information about Multnomah Biblical Seminary's Graduate certificate and its 60th anniversary, contact Emi Koe at 503.251.6738.