Tabor College Holds Postponed 2020 Commencement

Tabor College held its 110th commencement at 10 a.m. Sunday Oct. 11 at Joel H. Wiens Stadium at Reimer Field. Because of COVID-19, the event was postponed from this past May.

Dr. Stephen Wilkens delivering the Commencement Address

The commencement address was delivered by Dr. Stephen Wilkens (g ’77), a long-time professor of philosophy and ethics at Azusa Pacific University. Wilkens challenged the graduates with cleverly defining the word ‘definition,’ noting three aspects related to a commencement.

2020 Nikkel Service Award recipients are Austin Weaver and Hannah Funk
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First, ‘defined’ as meaning a terminal point, bringing to an end. Second, ‘defined’ as meaning what’s inside the boundaries of the package. A college degree opens career doors and increases the likelihood of higher earnings in one’s vocation. Also, degree holders can experience extended years of life. Third, ‘defined’ as meaning identifying purpose— what it’s all about. Wilkens encouraged the graduates to continue to develop virtues in their lives and to bring light into relationships.

Class of 2020

Speakers from the Class of 2020 contributed to the program, and the Symphonic Band and Concert Choir performed musical numbers. More than 90 graduates were present to receive their diplomas, plus another 30 who were recognized but unable to attend. Diplomas, honor cords, hoods and bibles were among items passed along to these new alumni of Tabor.

While seating was limited, many attended via live streaming. Commencement is viewable by going to: The President’s Party followed commencement for graduates and their families to enjoy a celebratory meal together.

President’s Party held on the lawn in front of the H.W. Lohrenz Building

 “After an unprecedented delay, we were finally able to honor the Class of 2020,” President Jules Glanzer said. “These graduates have been through a difficult experience transitioning from college to the workforce. I am so proud of them and how they have dealt with all that has come their way.”