As you read the stories in this issue highlighting the events of Regent University’s 42nd Commencement Weekend, along with the inspiring testimonies of our graduates, I hope that, like me, you are filled with a renewed hope for the future and gratitude for the Lord’s work being accomplished here.
Following two years of restrictions wrought by the pandemic, we praised the Lord for the opportunity to gather in-person to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates.
As I looked over the Library Plaza, I was overjoyed to witness a historic gathering of more than 10,000 people, including our graduates, alumni, families, friends, faculty, staff, and distinguished guests. We were honored to confer 2,559 graduate and undergraduate degrees, making the class of 2022 the largest graduating class in our history.
It was a celebration of all that we hold dear at Regent University and a testament to God’s sanction of our mission to change the world through Christian leadership.
We were honored to be joined by dignitaries who are exemplars of Christian leadership, among them: Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who delivered the inspirational commencement address; Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears, the recipient of the 2022 Regent Alumnus of the Year Award; and Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares, who served as keynote speaker at the School of Law Commissioning.
Throughout the commencement weekend, I was blessed to feel the presence of my beloved wife, Adelia “Dede” Robertson, who passed away in April. I hope you will read about Dede’s remarkable life and be inspired by her love of God and her many talents evident all over our beautiful campus.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers over Regent and our faculty, staff and students as we work together to change the world through Christian leadership.
May God bless you!
Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson
Founder, Chancellor & CEO