You've done it! You've reached the final installment on our exploration of the Portrait of a Graduate. This week we explore the final sentence:
The classical education and biblical worldview gained at Geneva will equip the graduate to exhibit vocational excellence to the glory of God.
The final sentence of the Geneva Portrait of a Graduate makes plain that we are not aiming our students towards any one vocational calling. Rather, it is our hope that the type of person a student becomes will fit him for excellence in any calling. It is our further hope that Geneva graduates will understand that any honorable pursuit can be accomplished to the glory of God: from CEO to stay-at-home mom--from garbage collector to symphony conductor.
To conclude this exploration of the Portrait of a Graduate, it is worthwhile to note few things from an article by Paul Maurer found in an issue of Salvo magazine. The article, entitled "Hollowed Halls," begins with the following paragraph:
"Not long ago, Richard Levin, the president of Yale, did a remarkable thing. He expressed the hollow core of secular higher education in extraordinarily honest language. While speaking to incoming freshman and their parents at Yale's orientation, Levin confessed that the $200,000 [much more now since this article was first printed] Ivy League education they were about to purchase would not help them with the most important part of an undergraduate education--discovering the meaning of life."
Knowing that this is the case at many schools, the necessity of our Portrait becomes even more evident. Later in the article, Maurer gives a description of the type of school we hope Geneva will remain. We allow his words to close this exploration of the Portrait:
"These Christ-centered schools [like Geneva] believe that education is more than the transmission of knowledge and professional training. While they take academic rigor seriously and graduate highly employable students, they also, as during the age of piety, set out to shape the souls of their students. At such [schools], the educators seek to develop a certain kind of person for church and society."