June 22, 2012
By Darla Martin Tucker
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – (www.lasierra.edu) Religion professor and La Sierra University alum Fritz Guy had four key pieces of advice for La Sierra graduates, important things he learned since graduating in 1952.
Guy, a research professor of philosophical theology in La Sierra’s H.M.S. Richards Divinity School, served as keynote speaker for La Sierra’s commencement on June 17 that saw 343 graduates receive their degrees. Guy’s long history at La Sierra, which began in 1948 as a student, includes serving as La Sierra’s first president in 1990 after the campus separated from Loma Linda University.
On April 20, during Alumni Weekend, Guy was honored as Alumnus of the Year for his dedication to the school. Guy’s lengthy history as a pastor, evangelist and professor serving higher education and the Seventh-day Adventist Church includes functioning as secretary of the committee that drafted a new Statement of Fundamental Beliefs for the Seventh-day Adventist Church which was subsequently adopted during the 1980 General Conference session in Dallas, Texas.
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“Wherever your future takes you—academically, professionally, geographically, romantically—whatever your genes, whatever has happened to you, whatever will happen to you, you can be successful as a person,” Guy told the graduates.
“You can be completely honest,” he said. “The Adventist heritage of this university includes the conviction that you can be persons who “in their inmost souls are true and honest,” he continued, quoting Ellen G. White, a founder of the Adventist denomination. “You will not all be rich or famous, but you can all be persons of integrity.”
Guy admonished graduates that no matter their circumstances, they can also keep learning, love generously and be happy. “Sixty years after getting a La Sierra degree, I can assure you of two things; there will be rain in your life; but the rain doesn’t have to keep you from dancing,” Guy said.
La Sierra University President Randal Wisbey encouraged the graduates in the future endeavors to “never stop seeking after truth,” and to stay close to God. “Bind yourself to the One who can heal the brokenhearted. …Never forget there is One who will never leave or forsake you,” he said. “In serving others you will find opportunity for true joy.”
La Sierra University commencement included recognition of Outstanding University Undergraduate Student Jonathan Davidson, Bachelor of Arts, business management, and Outstanding University Graduate Student Patrick Garrett York, Master of Arts, English.