July 31st, 2008 at 11:23 am
Wayland Baptist University celebrated another milestone in its partnership with the Kenya Baptist Theological College, graduating its first eight students with bachelor’s degrees in religion on July 25.
Wayland has been offering classes toward associate’s degrees through KBTC since 1999. In 2003, Wayland presented its first degrees to students in Kenya. Two years ago, Wayland was approved by its accrediting body to offer a full bachelor’s degree in religion to the people of Kenya.
A contingent of Wayland administration and faculty were present at Friday’s graduation. Provost and Vice President of Academic and Graduate Services Bobby Hall represented Wayland at the graduation ceremony, along with faculty members Rick Shaw, assistant professor of religion and director of the Kenya project, David Howle, associate professor of religion, and Associate Professor of Music Sandra Mosteller, who played her clarinet for the processional and recessional, were also in attendance. Several students from the Plainview campus were also in Kenya, studying with Dr. Shaw and participating in mission projects.
The graduating class included: John Maundu Nzibo, Joy Nanjala Wanjala, Jemima Wahito Hdirangu, Japheth Wekesa Wetoto, Francis Aziavula Midega, Aggrey Mubabale Lime, Haran Muchugia Miatu and Joel Kang’alikya Kyalya.
Interest in the Wayland bachelor’s program has been growing in Kenya. Daniel Theuri, moderator of the Baptist Convention of Kenya, affirmed Wayland’s presence in the African nation.
“We desperately need Wayland Baptist University in Kenya,” he said. “The Baptists of Kenya are taking note of your fine work in our country. We plead with you to continue you partnership with the BCOK.”