Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor celebrated its 169th Fall Convocation service on Wednesday, August 27. The event inaugurates the official opening of the new academic school year at the university.
“When we began in Independence, Texas, in 1845, there were 24 students who attended the first classes,” university president Dr. Randy O’Rear told the packed Mayborn arena during his remarks. “This week UMHB welcomed our largest freshman class ever, and, by the time we are done counting, we think we will have close to, if not over, 3,700 students on our campus.”
Dr. Diana Garland, dean of the Baylor University School of Social Work was the guest speaker at the 2014 Fall Convocation service. Garland is author, co-author, or editor of 20 books. She has also published more than 150 professional articles and book chapters.
Garland used illustrations from the books of Genesis and Exodus to demonstrate the importance of faithfulness while awaiting God’s promise and direction in a person’s life.
“God does not hand us a GPS for our lives,” Garland told students. “None of us can see the horizon of our lives. We pray for vision enough for the next three feet.”