127 receive degrees in fall commencement
December 22, 2008
The location was different, but the results were the same as 127 graduates joined the ranks of Bryan College alumni on Dec. 19.
Bryan’s second fall graduation was moved from campus to Chattanooga’s Tivoli Theatre to accommodate the number expected to celebrate with the 13 MBA and 114 Bachelor’s degree candidates. In all, nearly 1,400 friends and family gathered for the event, which featured a challenge from Bryan alumnus Dr. David Banks.
Dr. Banks, president of Mpact Concepts, Destiny Institute and pastor of The Empowerment Church, told graduates, “I challenge you not to graduate and find a job, but to find something that can allow you to live with purpose, passion and potential. You were created not just to make a living to but have an impact, to make a difference. He encouraged graduates to remember the college motto, Christ Above All, and to keep Christ at the center of their lives.
College President Dr. Stephen Livesay said holding the ceremony at the Tivoli Theatre was appropriate because the theatre is close to Bryan’s Graduate and Professional Studies Center in downtown Chattanooga. The MBA classes are held at the center, and many of the Aspire degree completion students met there as well.
Dr. Livesay congratulated the graduates for completing a course of study that was not easy. He added, “My enduring prayer for you is that you keep in mind the mission of the college, to see Jesus Christ at the very center of your lives. If you do that, we will have done our job well.”
During the ceremony, Dr. Robert Andrews, dean of graduate and professional studies, presented the award for the best Aspire research project to Jennifer Saunders of Chattanooga. Dr. David Luther, chairman of the Bryan faculty, presented the award for the traditional student with the highest academic award to Bethel Ragland of Hodgensville, Ky.