Hope College Graduation Activities
Will Take Place Sunday,
Posted April 8, 2002
HOLLAND -- Commencement addresses often present
the kind of advice a parent might offer to a graduate.
This year, it will be literally true, as Dr.
Ronald Wolthuis of the Hope College education faculty speaks
to a graduating class that will include his third and
youngest son, Kevin. As with the graduates, the ceremony
will also be both an ending and a beginning for Commencement
speaker Wolthuis, who is retiring at the end of the school
Hope College's 137th Commencement ceremony will be
held on Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. in Holland Municipal
Stadium, with more than 600 seniors participating.
Baccalaureate will be held on Sunday, May 5, at
9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. The
Baccalaureate sermon will be delivered by Dr. Leanne Van
Dyk, who is professor of Reformed Theology at Western
Wolthuis, an associate professor of education,
joined the Hope faculty in 1985. His professional focus has
been in special education, and courses he has been teaching
during the current school year include "The Exceptional
Child," "Introduction to Emotionally Impaired,"
"Psychoeducational Strategies" and "Senior Seminar."
Prior to coming to Hope, he was on the faculty of
Michigan State University for 14 years, most recently as an
associate professor in the Department of Counseling,
Educational Psychology and Special Education, and as
coordinator of the Severely Impaired/Autistic Teacher
His previous career experiences included
coordinating Field Test Center Research Programs for the
Cybernetics Research Institute in Washington, D.C., and
teaching emotionally impaired adolescents at Pine Rest
Christian Hospital in Grand Rapids.
Wolthuis has been active at the state and national
levels, including the Professional Advisory Boards of the
Autism Society of Michigan and the Michigan Association for
Children with Emotional Disturbance; Institutions for Higher
Education Advisory Committee; and the Education Committee of
the Autism Society of America.
He has also received honors including the Special
Recognition Award and a Professional of the Year Award from
the Autism Society of Michigan. The Hope student body
elected him a recipient of the fall, 2000, "Honorary
Professor/Staff Member" award, presented at Homecoming.
He has made numerous presentations at state and
Wolthuis is a 1964 graduate of Calvin College. He
completed his master's degree in special education and
doctorate in educational leadership at Western Michigan
University, in 1967 and 1970 respectively.
In addition to Kevin, he and his wife Sherrie have
two other sons: Eric, a 1994 Hope graduate, and Brian, a
1997 graduate. Eric's wife Angela and Brian's wife Amy are
also Hope graduates.
Van Dyk has been a member of the Western
Theological Seminary faculty since 1998. She teaches
courses including "Ministry of the Word in Proclamation and
Sacrament," "Learning Web: Taking Responsibility as a
Leader," "Thinking Theologically," "The Doctrines of the
Holy Spirit, Salvation and Eschatology," "Barth's Doctrine
of Reconciliation" and "Doctrine of the Atonement."
Prior to joining the Western Theological Seminary
faculty, she was on the faculty of the San Francisco
Theological Seminary. She has also served as a member of
the Core Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Theological Union
in Berkeley, Calif.; as a member-in-residence at the Center
of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, N.J.; as a member of
the Wabash Center's Consultation on Theological Education;
and on the Catechism Committee of the Presbyterian Church
Van Dyk is the author of "The Desire of Divine
Love: The Atonement Theology of John McLeod Campbell," and
serves on the editorial boards of "Perspectives: A Journal
of Reformed Thought," "the Banner" and the "Scottish Journal
She is a 1977 graduate of Calvin College. She
completed her master of arts at Western Michigan University
in 1981, her master of divinity at Calvin Theological
Seminary in 1987 and her doctorate at Princeton Theological
Seminary in 1992.
In the event of rain, Commencement will be held at
Zeeland High School, located at Riley and 96th Avenue in
Zeeland. Admission to Baccalaureate, and to Commencement if
indoors, is by ticket only.