Bryan graduates 198 in two services
May 10, 2010

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Two graduation services changed the dynamics of commencement on May 8, but the result was the same – 198 more graduates commended to honor the college motto Christ Above All and to make a difference in our world.

Molly Gehring and Daniel Zimmerman received the P.A. Boyd Award during commencement services.

College officials decided to split the graduation service as a result of growth in numbers of traditional students and a concentration of adult studies programs in the Chattanooga area. Graduation for students in the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) was held at Bryan’s Dayton campus Saturday morning, and a service for graduates of the School of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) was held that afternoon at the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga.

Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay congratulated graduates on persevering to earn their diplomas. “I commend to you the secret of a successful life –humble obedience to God. I charge you to honor the motto of your alma mater, Christ Above All. As you do this, you honor all who have gone before you. May God enable you to make a difference in the world.”

Daniel Zimmerman, an English/secondary education major, delivered the commencement address for the SAS graduation. Ben Feliz, an MBA graduate, and Nneka Gunn, an Aspire graduate, delivered the graduation speeches for the AGS service.

During the SAS service the college also honored 11 members of the Class of 1960, who were presented special 50th anniversary diplomas. The evening before, they held a special prayer service for the Class of 2010 as the young graduates’ vespers service concluded.