On Saturday, June 25th, students and staff from Jubilee University participated in the Grand Bicentennial Parade on the closing day of Lexington’s 200th Anniversary celebrations, commemorating the city’s storied past from 1822 to 2022.
With support from the Lexington Arts Council, the institution was able to field its own float, beautifully decorated and highlighting the flags of the university, the City of Lexington, the State of Missouri, and the United States of America.
The float also featured musical performances by Academic Dean Dr. Aria Reppert, who sang versions of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “You Raise Me Up,” as well as an instrumental performance by one of the University’s first students, Mr. Dosun Kim, who performed “Memories” on the guitar.
Jubilee expressed gratitude to Mr. Tom Beard and the Lexington Arts Council for helping to accommodate the school in the parade, and even providing a trailer and volunteer driver. The university is also thankful to Mrs. Abigail Temple who initially encouraged Jubilee to participate.
On the bicentennial’s opening day, themed “Faith Of Our Ancestors Day,” members of the university also participated in an ecumenical worship service hosted by Lexington’s ministerial alliance.
Jubilee University Chancellor, Dr. Merril Smoak, Jr. preached the sermon on ‘An Invitation to Worship & a Warning’ during University Chapel Worship on September 19, 2021.
1Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. 5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! 7 For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, 9 when your fathers put me to the test and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. 10 For forty years I loathed that generation and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways.” 11 Therefore I swore in my wrath, “They shall not enter my rest.”
Jubilee University has received exemption as a religious school in the State of Missouri. As a religious exempted school, Jubilee is exempt from the requirements of statutes regulating private postsecondary education in the state.
Jubilee was established on May 20, 2020, with the vision of establishing a Biblical institution for higher education in Missouri aimed at training current and future ministers to carry out the Great Commission of Jesus Christ (Mt. 28:18-20) through education in multiple fields of study, including theology and music.
The school moved into its main campus in Lexington, Mo., on June 17 the same year and is preparing to welcome its first students later in 2021.
Jubilee is currently pursuing initial accreditation from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).
Lexington – On Saturday, October 10, Jubilee University invited neighbors and friends to a two-hour “Meet & Greet,” which was the university’s first public event since its parent organization Jubilee World purchased the former Wentworth Military Academy campus in Lexington, Missouri, in late June. Despite the ongoing pandemic, the event drew a larger-than-expected crowd and was divided into two parts, the first hour featuring speakers and presentations and the second half featuring live music by Jubilee World singers and musicians.
Kicking off in a beautiful autumn setting, the first half of the event featured speakers from Jubilee University as well as its parent organization Jubilee World who shared the history, mission, and vision of the two organizations and how they are partnering to make the university start successful.
Following the presentations, the Mayor of Lexington, Joe Aull, shared a word of blessing for the university and informed visitors how the university and city are looking to work together going forward. The first half of the program was concluded by local pastor Rev. Devasahayam Gudime, who prayed for the leadership of the university and the city as well as all future activities taking place at Jubilee university.
During a brief intermission, visitors were able to mingle freely and meet university leaders and staff to get to know each other and ask questions and share concerns. The second half of the program then followed with a diverse selection of live music by singers and musicians from Jubilee World, showcasing to an extent how the university will help spread church music and shape future generations of ministers.
The event abided by all local and national guidance regarding face coverings as well as social distancing and disinfection, featuring a strict face mask requirement, spaced-out seating, and hand-sanitizer available to all visitors.
On Oct. 2, Jubilee University leadership was invited to the Wentworth Military Academy Museum’s annual homecoming event. During the meeting, several memorabilia that had to be left behind during Wentworth’s final days–including building lettering and crests from the Administration Building and the former Tillotson Barracks–were officially handed over to the Museum as a sign of friendship and gratitude between alumni of the former school and the budding University.
After sharing a brief presentation about the University’s upcoming plans and its hopes to help “keep the Wentworth spirit alive,” leaders from the both the Museum and the University posed together with some of the memorabilia, together forming the acronym WMA for the former school.
Originally, the WMA Museum had hoped to hold a bonfire at its traditional spot on University grounds, but due to unforeseen circumstances the decision was made to move it to a different location this year.