Calvin College graduates the Class of 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan—Calvin College has announced its spring 2016 graduates. Nearly 900 students participated in the spring Commencement ceremony at the end of May.

Established in 1876, Calvin operated first as a prep school and then as a junior college before conferring its first four-year degrees in 1921.

Today, Calvin is one of the largest Christian colleges in North America and is internationally recognized as a center for faith-anchored liberal arts teaching and scholarship where students are challenged to think deeply, act justly and live wholeheartedly. The college’s 2015-2016 enrollment of 3,990 students represented nearly every U.S. state, many Canadian provinces and 55 other countries around the globe.

The college’s 400-acre campus is located just a few miles from vibrant downtown Grand Rapids and has state-of-the art academic spaces and athletic facilities, spacious residence halls, collaborative research spaces, and a more recently re-envisioned Covenant Fine Arts Center, which enhances the study of the humanities and fine arts at Calvin.

During 2015-16, students studied on six different continents and in more than 30 different countries, exploring everything from justice studies in Honduras to engineering in Germany to the arts in Indonesia. The most recent Open Doors Report, which is published by the Institute of International Education, ranked Calvin second nationally among all baccalaureate institutions for the total number of students who participate in a study abroad experience.

This past academic year the college collaborated with two local universities to open an innovative rehab clinic that offers speech, physical and occupational therapies all under one roof and provides great training for students from various disciplines. The college also launched the Calvin Center for Faith and Writing, which provides more leadership and publishing opportunities for students in the humanities.

Calvin’s high-quality education is consistently praised in prestigious rankings guides, including U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Fiske Guide to Colleges, to name a few. Calvin graduates have high placement rates to graduate schools, medical schools and law schools. In a survey of 2015 grads, 99 percent of respondents reported having either secured a job or begun graduate school within nine months of graduation.

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Matt Kucinski |
Media Relations Manager
Calvin College
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