Indiana Wesleyan University diplomas now hang on the walls of 77 new alumni in the island nations of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Two IWU administrators, Dr. Brock Reiman and Dr. Bob Brumley, traveled to the Caribbean nations in early October to present the diplomas.
When I was 28 years old, and just starting my career, God led Helen and me to serve in Haiti. I was given the privilege of working with Haitian and American colleagues to reopen a Bible college in Petit Goave. It was one of the great ministry experiences of my young career. After all these years it is especially rewarding to see IWU serve church and school leaders in this part of the world.
Sixty-four students in Haiti graduated, 29 of them with Master of Education degrees and 35 of them with Master of Theological Studies degrees. Thirteen students in the Dominican Republic received Master of Education degrees.
“There were about 200 people in attendance at the ceremony in the Dominican Republic, and the atmosphere was electric,” said Dr. Reiman. “The students’ gratitude was readily apparent, and the linkage IWU can have for future generations of teachers and schools there was undeniable.”
About 400 people attended the graduation ceremony in Haiti. “The pride, thankfulness and appreciation were palpable. These degrees truly are a means of bringing empowerment and hope to people who have to struggle daily with tremendous adversity,” Dr. Reiman said.
Dr. Reiman is Vice President for Academic Affairs in IWU’s College of Adult and Professional Studies. Dr. Brumley is Director of Global Academic Programs at IWU.
The two administrators gave each graduate a card bearing IWU’s verse for the current academic year:
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10)
“Graduates, you have been gifted to serve. You have been given great gifts from our Heavenly Father to serve others for his purposes,” Dr. Reiman told the students. “So my challenge to you today is to go out with the gift of your education and know that as Indiana Wesleyan University world changers, you have been gifted to serve.”
Indiana Wesleyan University is a global Christian learning community.