89 receive degrees in first December graduation
January 02, 2008

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     Family and friends filled Rudd Auditorium Dec. 21, 2007, as 89 graduates received their diplomas in Bryan’s first mid-year commencement service.December grads sing during the commencement service.
     Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay congratulated the graduates for their role in the historic event and encouraged them to “sharpen yourselves for future service. Make your life count for the Kingdom of God. Seek His righteousness. We need those whose lives demonstrate a difference between His people and the world.”
     Bryan Trustee Delana Bice, a 1974 graduate of the college, told the graduates “My education at Bryan prepared me well for the challenges as I began my new chapter. I believe it has prepared you as well.”
     Dr. W. Gary Phillips, pastor of Signal Mountain Bible Church and a former faculty member at Bryan, gave the commencement address. He encouraged the graduates to pursue greatness—not power, wealth or fame as our culture defines greatness, but as God defines greatness. “God’s definition of greatness is attainable for you and me.”
     “God desires something from you: He desires that you become great. Not the way our culture defines greatness, but the way God defines greatness: Jesus said that He ‘did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’ Greatness is servant hood.”
     The college presented awards to the top academic performers in the class, including Brittany Fawcett-Lowe in Family and friends celebrate after the service.the traditional program and Curtis Baker, Richard Boyd, Leslie Dunn, Angela Melton, Judith Rose and Gloria Cannon in the Aspire degree completion program.
     Bachelor of Arts degrees were conferred on 11 graduates, and Bachelor of Science degrees on 78. In the class were 16 students from the traditional program and 73 from the Aspire program.