Dordt University hosts virtual commencement

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Dr. Justin Bailey addresses "The Wisdom of Weakness: The Coronavirus and the Cross"

Dr. Bailey

Dordt University will host a virtual commencement on Friday, May 8, at 11 a.m. The ceremony will air via Livestream at

The university’s goal is to provide students and families with a meaningful experience that honors students’ achievements as graduates, even if Dordt cannot hold an in-person event this spring.

The ceremony will feature Dr. Justin Bailey, assistant professor of theology at Dordt, as the commencement speaker. His speech is titled “The Wisdom of Weakness: The Coronavirus and the Cross.”

“Our current crisis threatens to swallow the tremendous accomplishment of graduation and to leave us at the end of the journey with a bitter taste in our mouths,” says Bailey. It is right for us to grieve our losses – both small and great – even as we refuse to be defined by them. And yet, the opportunity to commence the next chapter of life in the midst of the Coronavirus may prove to be an unexpected gift.”

Our world is in need of people who know the wisdom of weakness, and Dordt University graduates are invited to answer this call, says Bailey.

“For at the very heart of the Christian faith – and at the very center of our university crest – is a symbol not of strength, but of weakness. But what does it mean to place the wisdom of the cross at the center of our lives?”

Dr. Justin Bailey holds a Ph.D. from Fuller Seminary, a Th.M. and M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a B.A. from Moody Bible Institute. Having served as a pastor in a number of diverse settings, Bailey works at the intersection of Christian theology, culture, and ministry. Bailey’s research seeks to bridge the gap between church and academy, exploring the formational spaces where they overlap. He is married to Melissa and they are blessed with two children, Benjamin and Sophia.

In addition to Dr. Bailey’s speech, the virtual commencement ceremony will feature a special musical performance by Campus Ministries, words of wisdom from President Erik Hoekstra, a prayer by Dean of Chapel Aaron Baart, and more.