Ravi Zacharias Speaks at Patrick Henry College Graduation

Posted by Victoria Cook on May 18, 2017

Guest post by Victoria Cook, student at Patrick Henry College.

In the small town of Purcellville, Patrick Henry College (PHC) graduates, family, and friends gathered to hear Ravi Zacharias’s commencement speech about the impact of worldviews last Saturday morning. The college of 250 students was honored to have Zacharias speak and gave him an honorary doctorate of letters.

“What are the foundations on which we must build our lives?” Zacharias asked the graduates. He explained that a worldview influences all aspects of life, that it is a foundation built on how one answers questions about reality. With four lessons on building a solid foundation, Zacharias spoke on living with the eternal in mind, maintaining morality, staying accountable to the Lord, and loving others from a Christian worldview.

Photo courtesy of Patrick Henry College Office of Communication.

“You can cheat on the infrastructure, but you dare not cheat on the foundation,” Zacharias said, as he challenged the graduates to strive for foundations built on the rock not the sand.

Zacharias’s message was well received amongst the graduates and current students.

“His point connecting the ‘give to Caesar what is Caesar and to God what is God’s’ passage to our being created in the Imago Dei was profound and the most impactful part of the address to me. I’d never fully made that connection before,” graduate Josiah DeGraaf said.

PHC alum Esther Grace Ehrenman felt the message correlated well with the college’s advocacy of spiritual growth alongside rigorous academics. Graduate Philip Bunn, who also gave a speech at the graduation, believed that Zacharias communicated meaningful truths in a winsome way.

“Perhaps one of the most wonderfully artful addresses I’ve ever heard at Patrick Henry College,” recent graduate Lauren Lee Mitchell said. “There was hardly a better way to send off us graduates; his vivid, unapologetic depiction of our culture was much needed, and ever timely.”

Photo courtesy of Patrick Henry College Office of Communication.