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Joanne Dolman's Graduation

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On June 29th 2016, I received my BA in Mission and Ministry at a graduation ceremony at Cliff College in Calver. The graduation took place in a marquee on a wet Wednesday but that didn't spoil the day or the atmosphere in praising God. The day started with tea and coffee then worship led by the Principal and the college music group. After this short act of worship we joined together in a picnic lunch. The formal graduation ceremony in the afternoon celebrated the achievements of different groups of students from short courses, certificate levels, diplomas, BA's and MAs.

This course has been part time over 4 years and included a Diploma in Children in Mission and Ministry. I have had fantastic support from family and friends, and here at Halmer End Methodist Church including Avril and Steve Frankish as my proof readers, my friend Rev. Christine Legge as my 'Spiritual Mentor' and Mary Bielby as my placement supervisor.

The time I spent at Cliff College has been amazing. It is such a reflective, peaceful place where you can feel that you are in the presence of God. I have made fantastic friends and the tutors have been very supportive. I have been through a lot of trials and tribulations in the last 4 years in my personal life. Without the Lord, my faith and great support from family, including church family, and friends including course friends, college tutors and staff, I don't know how I would have got through it.

I have grown in faith and confidence over the 4 years. Some areas of study touched home personally and helped me get over some of my past. I thank everyone for their support, prayers and encouragement throughout the 4 years. I recommend the course to anyone who would like to explore or develop a calling in mission and ministry.

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