On Wednesday, October 19th, Friends Theological College held its graduation ceremony! 80 students were celebrated, who earned their degrees at five different campus locations: Kaimosi, Lugulu, Lugari, Nairobi, and Soy. Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda were represented among the student body. Kenyan students included Masaai, Turkanas and Samburus.
A student from the Salvation Army received the top academic President's Award and gave the speech to the student body. He was in the first cohort of chaplaincy certificate students, and is staying on to complete a degree program.
Two of the graduates were recipients of the Indiana YM scholarship. This is the first class to graduate in that scholarship program. The Indiana YM scholarship was created in 2016 for the purpose of strengthening the residential bachelors degree program at FTC by supporting 80% of the cost of attendance for up to five students per class, based on financial need.
The oldest graduate, Gladys Musungu, 75, graduated with a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from the FTC Lugulu campus. Shawn and Katrina McConaughey, Programme Officers at the Africa Ministries Office, heard her share at her church. She told the young people in the congregation, "If I can do it, you can do it."
The best marketing plan for FTC continues to be the quality of the school's graduates; people trained for ministry at FTC offer proof of their excellent education in the work that they do. Principal Robert Wafula said in his remarks, “I am confident that any church that engages a pastor trained at FTC will never be the same. They should expect to be changed.” Please join us in celebrating with our Friends at FTC!