Westmont College had to postpone its commencement ceremony to later in the year because of nationwide restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But it decided to celebrate their graduates this month with messages and music from award-winning guests Lecrae and Phil Wickham.
The Christian college in Santa Barbara, California, hosted a virtual concert featuring both of the popular artists, on Saturday.
Gayle D. Beebe, president of Westmont College, kicked off the event with an emotional speech assuring graduates that they will reschedule their graduation for the fall.
“We do want to do something special to really honor and celebrate you and that is we’re having a special concert with two distinguished Christian artists. This is really just to honor and celebrate you as you graduate, but it’s also an opportunity for us to invite in the entire Westmont family,” Beebe said.
Wickham performed a 20-minute worship set featuring some of his popular songs, including “Great Things” and “This is Amazing Grace.”
“I love that in Jesus, even in the midst of grief, you know there can be joy. Even in the midst of loss and expectations being demolished, we can experience joy, and we can still say ‘thank you,’ we can still say ‘we trust you,’” Wickham said during the event.
Following a word from two graduating seniors, rapper Lecrae took time to give a sermon on faith with the class of 2020.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law