Bryan sets first December graduation
December 03, 2007
Bryan College will celebrate its first winter graduation ceremony Dec. 21, as some 80 students are expected to receive their degrees.
Academic Vice President Dr. Cal White said the college administration decided to add the second commencement service as the growth in enrollment resulted in increasingly large May graduations.
“With our growth in enrollment, we realized our May graduations would become larger and larger, making it difficult to maintain the personal touch that is a Bryan hallmark,” Dr. White said. “Also, it was becoming more and more of a challenge to provide seating for family and friends.”
Another contributing factor was the nature of the Aspire degree completion program, which has groups of students completing their coursework throughout the year, rather than only in May and December as is the case with traditional students. “For these students, as well as our traditional students who finish in December, we felt giving them a commencement service closer to their actual completion of courses would be appropriate,” Dr. White said.
While some 200 students received their diplomas this past May, the first December graduating class will have some 80 members, he said.
Awards will be presented to the traditional graduate and the Aspire graduate having the highest academic record in their respective programs.
Dr. W. Gary Phillips, pastor of Signal Mountain Bible Church and former professor of Bible and Philosophy at Bryan, will be the speaker.