Family and friends gathered this week in the Regent University library plaza to witness the largest graduating class in the school's history.
"We are here to celebrate 1,226 Christian leaders who are destined to change the world, The Regent University Class of 2012!" Regent President Carlos Campo said.
The university has seven graduate schools as well as a school of undergraduate studies with courses on campus and online.
Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann, who is also a Regent alumnus, was the keynote speaker at Saturday's commencement. She offered words of encouragement to the 2012 class, calling their graduation the "literal fulfillment of generations of fervent prayer."
"Your presence at Regent and your graduation are the literal fulfillment of generations of fervent prayer," Bachmann, said.
"You hold in your future the ability to bless the world with the life-saving power of Jesus Christ. Don't miss the ticket to that train, that is joy for you, throughout your life," she implored the 2012 class.
"You carry the assumed privilege and responsibility of faithfully living your lives all to the glory of God, and the advancement of the Gospel as generations of faithful believers did before you," she continued. "God Bless you all, have a great, life."
Regent University founder and chancellor, Dr. Pat Robertson, offered up a final prayer for the graduates.
"I pray the knowledge of God will grow, day by day, week by week, month by month," Robertson prayed. "And you might understand fully the hope of his calling. And the exceeding greatness of his power to of those of us that believe. God Bless all of you."