Bryan awards degrees in December commencement
December 19, 2011

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Bryan College honored members of the Class of 2011 on Dec. 16, awarding degrees to students who had completed their programs in August or December.
 
Dr. Livesay, left, congratulates a graduate.
Seven graduates, the first group to complete the Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies were recognized together with 24 candidates for the Master of Business Administration degree, and 95 for Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees.
 
Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay commended them for their achievement and told them that, as Isaiah 33:6 says, “Wisdom and knowledge will be stability of your times.”
 
Commencement speaker Pastor Joe Novenson of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church challenged the graduates to remember the advice of Proverbs 11:30, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”
 
“Every one of you brings to this world what was in Downtown Eden (the tree of life),” he said. “Could it be that the Bible would teach that when people get near you the curse is blunted?”
 
The righteous—those whose faith is in Christ—have the opportunity to contend “for what is inside every person, for their souls,” he said. As soldiers in battle, “you will run right into fire no matter if everyone else turns around. You can say, ‘Because of Jesus, this is what I do.’”
 
During the service, Darian Tittsworth, of Ooltewah, Tenn., received the Degree Completion Research Award for having the best research paper among those submitted by students in the Degree Completion Program. Lauren Smith, of Stuarts Draft, Va., received the award for having the highest scholastic record during her time at Bryan.