150 receive degrees in December graduation
December 21, 2010

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One hundred-fifty graduates received their degrees during commencement ceremonies December 17.

Dr. Livesay congratulates a graduate after she
receives her diploma.


President Dr. Stephen Livesay told the graduates that for the past few years they had “been about what has been called sharpening the saw, preparing” for their chosen fields. But Bryan College has sought to prepare their hearts, not just their minds, to impact the world with their faith in Christ.


Commencement speaker the Rev. Tony Walliser of Silverdale Baptist Church in Chattanooga, added his commendation to “press on, keep on going, do not give up. The truth is, you will face many challenges in front of you. The easiest thing that any one of us can do in the midst of challenges and stressful times and tests of our future is to quit.”


But he called on the example of the Apostle Paul, “who went through some challenges and difficulties unlike probably any of us ever will face.”


Paul succeeded in the same way we can, he said. “If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, the moment you surrender to the lordship of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit comes to take residence in you. When you understand Christ Himself lives within you, you find a source of strength the world cannot comprehend.”

Joy Koan and her father, Jim, who offered the benediction,
celebrate after the graduation ceremony.


During the ceremony, Cindy Cross received the Degree Completion Research Award. Ms. Cross, who received the Bachelor of Science degree, with highest honors, in business administration: business management, is senior director of legal services at Life Care Centers of America, Inc., in Cleveland, Tenn.


Stephen Deck, who received the Bachelor of Science degree, with highest honors, in music education: instrument; and Stephen Hill, who received the Bachelor of Arts degree, with highest honors, in English literature, shared the award for having the highest academic average in the traditional program. Both earned 4.0 averages on Bryan’s 4.0 scale.