MILLIGAN COLLEGE - Milligan College graduates were reminded Sunday to live their lives according to a biblical world view.
Paul Corts, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and former assistant attorney general for administration with the U.S. Department of Justice, was the keynote speaker at Milligan's 126th commencement ceremony.
"Your time at a great Christian college like Milligan has prepared you" to live a life that God wants, Corts told the 183 graduates gathered in Seeger Chapel on Sunday afternoon.
He told the graduates that there were many things they needed to be concerned with throughout their life, but he touched on three of them: Secularism, sustainability and security.
Corts told the recent graduates to confront secularism by being voracious learners of Scripture.
"The moral void of secularism must be addressed by a biblical world view," he said.
Corts said it is written in the Bible that men and women must be good stewards of the planet, caring for all creation - something that Christians, he believes, have not adhered to.
"Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, did not choose to lead a life of lavish consumption," he told the crowd, encouraging them to live like their Savior.
Lots of the graduates were choosing to further their education.
Rebekah England, from Knoxville, majored in nursing and plans on attending graduate school in Charleston, S.C., where she will study to be a pediatric nurse practitioner.
"It was a good distance away from home and it was a Christian college," England said of why she chose to attend Milligan for her bachelor's degree.
"It's a good school academically," she said.
Nursing graduate Kristin Zutt came from Louisville, Ky., to attend Milligan on a soccer scholarship.
"It's been a great four years," she said. "I made a lot of great friends, and the nursing program has been really good, too."
Zutt said she had never heard of Milligan until the school's soccer coach came to speak at her high school.
"I felt like this is where I was supposed to be," she said.
Soccer teammate and nursing grad Laurie Selman attended high school in Mississippi.
She, too, received a soccer scholarship.
Selman said her time at Milligan was fun but difficult at the same time.
"It's hard to balance nursing and soccer, but definitely worth it," she said as she prepared to walk into Seeger Chapel one last time.
Mark Collins received his master's in education Sunday.
Collins is a teacher at John Battle High School in Washington County, Va. He attended Milligan part-time for three years to get his master's.
He said the degree has already begun to help him in his profession.
"It's already advanced some ideas I've had in teaching right now, and I really enjoyed the research aspect of it," Collins said. "I'll probably continue research."