Yes, BC has again given the world another group of bright young minds. And this time, minds that are not only theologically sound but also trained in Educational Studies.
The 2015 graduation was a special one because for the first time in its short history BC awarded two degrees: one for Theology and another for Educational Studies. This achievement shows that BC has the potential to become an esteemed college.
BC already attracts a variety of students from different parts of the world. There were students from Europe at this year’s graduation and also students from South Africa and India. This diversity has a lot to do with the fact that in 2012 BC added the Educational Studies program. Although it is not clear yet to what extent this new program will be successful, the majority of the graduates this year are Educational Studies students.
Three out of the seven graduates have been accepted into Master’s degree programs, and the rest are still planning to enroll for further studies.
In addition to having their degrees in hand, the BC graduates walk away with a lot more. They gained deeper insight into Vaishnavism and critical thought about world religions. And the graduates probably gave as much to the college as they have taken.
One thing they achieved was starting a debate on the issue of ‘sadhana and students’. We hope that future students, together with the college staff, find a way to continue this debate, for the betterment of the college and the benefit of ISKCON, especially its youth.
by Phelelani Mdabe