Bryan awards diplomas in indoor ceremony
May 09, 2009

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Rain forced graduation indoors for the first time in seven years, but failed to dampen the spirits as members of Bryan Class of 2009 received their diplomas.

Ben Johnson and Faith Ammen received the P.A. Boyd Award.


With nearly 2,000 friends and family members on campus, most watched the ceremony on video feeds to campus buildings as a downpour soaked the Triangle, the usual venue for the service.


Seven graduates received their Master’s of Business Administration degree, 80 received Bachelor of Arts degrees, and 104 received Bachelor of Science degrees.


Awards presented included:


  • The P.A. Boyd Award, to the senior man and woman “whose principles and character have secured for them the highest degree of influence over their fellow students,” to Ben Johnson of Dayton, Tenn., and Faith Ammen of Roanoke, Va., pictured here.
  • The Aspire research award, to Lisa Dunn of Graysville, Tenn.
  • The Most Progress Award, to Melkam Kifle of Woodbridge, Va.
  • Miss Ammen also received the Highest Scholastic Record Award and the Faithfulness and Loyalty Award, recognizing her contribution to the college community.


Bryan President Stephen Livesay congratulated the graduates on their accomplishments and encouraged them to live out the college motto of “Christ Above All” as they enter a new phase of their lives.


Commencement speaker Michael Reneau, a Communication Studies graduate from Ooltewah, Tenn., challenged his classmates to consider and cling to the “power and beauty of the Gospel” (the 2008-2009 chapel program theme) as they face the challenges and triumphs of life.


And Dr. Marilyn Laszlo, a 1959 graduate who served as Alumni Marshal for the service, told the class that God has equipped them to be missionaries in whatever vocation, in whatever location they are planted.


Dr. Livesay also presented Golden Anniversary Diplomas to 26 members of the Class of 1959, who were special guests of the college for the weekend.