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ACU Opening Ceremony

By Floyd Miller



ACU Opening Ceremony invites students to “serve, serve and serve again” Abilene Christian University students were welcomed back to the university by 1954 alumnus Dr. Jack Scott, the California state senator who was recently named the 14th chancellor of the California state community college system. {{more}} He spoke at ACU’s 103rd Opening Day Ceremonies in Moody Coliseum. Scott reminded the audience that Christians have a responsibility to God and to their country. “We are responsible to God – that’s your primary responsibility,” said Scott. “The very essence of Christianity is that you are called to serve…regardless of the occupation you choose. The truth is, every occupation should be a ministry. Serve, serve and serve again.” Scott also encouraged students to think about ways to demonstrate loyalty to their communities, as well as their countries. “Be an active volunteer, even now when you are a student. In the future, work in your neighborhood associations, school organizations, political organizations and other community activities,” he said. In addition to Scott’s charge, the program included the traditional first song of every school year, “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,” and the reading of apostle Paul’s familiar “Sermon on Mars Hill” from Acts 17 by Dr. Rodney Ashlock, associate chair of the Department of Biblical Studies. Students at the opening ceremony also enjoyed the long-standing tradition of the “Parade of Flags,” in which students carry flags from every nation and state represented by ACU students, faculty or staff. This year, flags from 47 states and 67 countries were included.

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