Graduation Activities Will Be Sunday, May 6
Posted April 16, 2001
HOLLAND -- Hope College's 136th Commencement
ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 6, and nearly 600
seniors will be participating.
The Commencement speaker, chosen by the graduating
class, will be Maura M. Reynolds, who is director of
advising and associate professor of Latin at Hope. Her
address will be "Survivor."
The Baccalaureate address will be delivered by Dr.
Jacob E. Nyenhuis, who is provost and professor of classics
at Hope. He will present "Let Your Life Speak."
Hope will present three honorary degrees during
the ceremony. Leonard and Marjorie Maas of Grandville,
active in the life of the college for many years, will each
receive the Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.). Nyenhuis,
who is retiring at the end of the year after 26 years at
Hope, will receive the Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.).
Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 6, at 3
p.m. in Holland Municipal Stadium. Baccalaureate will be
held on Sunday, May 6, at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in
Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
Reynolds joined the college in 1974 as director of
the Academic Support Center, a position she held for four
years, also teaching introductory expository writing. She
began teaching Latin at Hope in 1980.
She was appointed director of advising in 1988.
She also served as coordinator for pilot sections of Hope's
"First-Year Seminar" program. She delivered the college's
Opening Convocation address in August of 1998.
Reynolds has helped plan and implement New Student
Orientation at Hope since 1987. Since 1989, she has been a
member of the staff of the college's Teaching Enhancement
Workshop, which is geared toward faculty members about to
begin their first year at Hope.
She has made several presentations at professional
conferences, discussing advising and teaching, including
during multiple years at the National Academic Advising
Association National Conference and the American Classical
Reynolds holds bachelor's and master's degrees in
Latin from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Prior to coming to Hope, she had taught Latin at West Ottawa
High School and at Thornton Township High School in Harvey,
Nyenhuis joined the Hope faculty in 1975 as dean
for humanities. He was appointed dean for arts and
humanities in 1978, and was appointed provost in 1984.
Internationally recognized as an expert on the
Greek myth of Daedalus, he served as a consultant to the
successful 1988 recreation of the legendary inventor's 74-
mile flight across the Aegean Sea. His book "Myth and the
Creative Process: Michael Ayrton and the Myth of Daedalus,
the Maze Maker," will be published in 2002.
Nyenhuis co-authored the textbook "Latin Via Ovid"
and editions of "Plautus: Amphitruo" and "Petronius: Cena
Trimalchionis." He led the effort to have the statue of the
Rev. A.C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland and Hope, cast and
installed in Centennial Park in conjunction with the city's
1997 sesquicentennial, and co-authored a book about the
He is past chair of the Michigan Council for the
Humanities, and past president of the National Federation of
State Humanities Councils. He is also past chair of the
Deans' Council of the Great Lakes Colleges Association
Prior to joining the Hope faculty, he taught at
Wayne State University from 1962 to 1975. He has also held
several visiting professorships.
Nyenhuis holds his bachelor's degree from Calvin
College, and his master's and doctorate from Stanford
In recognition to his commitment to the ideals of
a liberal arts education, Hope's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
will induct him as an honorary member during the group's
initiation ceremony on Sunday, April 22. In addition,
Hope's Alumni Association will present him with a
Meritorious Service Award during the annual Alumni Banquet
on Saturday, May 5.
In the event of rain, Commencement will be held at
the Holland Civic Center. Admission to Baccalaureate, and
to Commencement if indoors, is by ticket only.