Applause and a standing ovation greeted Peter Teague as he followed the Lancaster Bible College graduating class into the auditorium for the last time Friday.

“Thank you. Thank you for this opportunity afforded to me for the last time." 

Teague, who is retiring in August, has served as the college’s president for 20 years.

He made one request to the 208 students in the graduating class: to be an honorary member of the Class of 2019.

“Because in some sense, I too am a graduate today,” he said.

But those sitting in Good Shepherd Chapel weren’t the college’s only graduates this year.

This year’s graduating class includes a total of 367 students from campuses here and Kampala, Uganda; Oahu, Hawaii; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C..

Valedictorian Andie Schied’s address to the graduates echoed the general message woven throughout the commencement of keeping faith as the cornerstone of all action.

“Keep Christ above all else,” she said.

Scheid completed a degree in social work and biblical studies. She plans on starting a career at Lancaster General Health in behavior health and getting married next month.

In his last address, Teague urged the graduates to look to Jesus as their example for endurance in the midst of hardships and challenges throughout their lives.

“Have a big vision, don’t live in the small world of pettiness,” he said.

The college recently announced that Ben Gutierrez will replace Teague as the 85-year-old college’s sixth president.