It rained on Saturday, May 19, but it didn’t stop the 2018 Empower parade of graduates from marching!
The sixth annual graduation celebration of the “Empower” program was held at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY before an impressively filled chapel. The audience packed the room to rejoice with the 2017-2018 cohort. More than 60 women completed the program, a one-year personal development ministry for women that grants a certificate issued by the Metropolitan District of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. Through an articulation agreement with Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary, each graduate of the program is eligible to receive six transfer credits to be applied toward undergraduate programs at Nyack College or graduate programs at Alliance Theological Seminary.
Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Nyack/ATS Dr. David Jennings shared remarks from President Michael G. Scales, who was attending a previously scheduled board meeting out of state. Dr. Scales commented in the letter, “Empower’s growth over the last six years—from classroom to livestream cohorts—is evidence that this now bi-coastal program is transforming the lives of its students with impact on their families, churches and communities.”
Acknowledging the importance of a program like Empower, Dr. Jennings pointed out the significant presence of women at Nyack and ATS with the female student population more than 57% and the female faculty at 47% percent. These statistics best those of both Christian and secular colleges in our nation. Though he allowed that there are still strides to be made, Nyack is clearly a leader in providing an environment where leadership development for college students is available in the “Woman,” rites of passage program.
Congratulations to the 2018 Empower graduates!
Photo credit: Mike Suhu