One hundred eighty-two students received their well-earned degrees this year at Bryan College’s 86th commencement ceremonies on May 10.
The graduation celebration began Friday, May 9, as Bryan welcomed home members of the Class of 1964 to celebrate their 50th graduation anniversary as “Golden Grads.” They enjoyed a time of fellowship at a special luncheon and dinner that afternoon and night. The same evening, surrounded by friends and family, the Class of 2014 attended the Vespers service in Rudd Auditorium in preparation of their graduation the next morning, and at the ceremony’s conclusion the Golden Grads prayed over those who would soon join them as Bryan alumni.
Among the awards presented at commencement were –
- Professor Emeritus: Dr. Sigrid Luther and Dr. Marty Hartzell
- P.A. Boyd Prizes: Joseph Murphy and Allison Baker
- Highest Scholastic Record: Rachel Miller Hoffman (degree conferred in December), Rebecca Bodine, and Clarissa Stewart
- Most Progress: Brian Penny
- Faithfulness and Loyalty Award: Chloe Pool
“The students in this class give us great expectations for what our Lord is going to accomplish in their lives,” said President Stephen D. Livesay during his address at the commencement ceremony Saturday. He encouraged them, “You’ve been chosen by our God for this hour to reason with your peers in this generation with the merits of a Christian worldview as the foundation for every aspect of society and culture. You’ve been chosen to live a life through word and deed that exalts the name of Jesus Christ and gives witness to Him.”
Dr. Sandy Zensen ’02H, who spoke to those graduating from the School of Adult and Graduate Studies, told them to “Start a Kingdom revolution everywhere God places you; get in the fight! Be tenacious – determined not to quit. Be connected – stand shoulder-to-shoulder – you can’t go it alone. Be militant –fight the good fight.”
During his own address to the Class of 2014 (School of Arts and Sciences), graduating senior Luke Fox observed, “The Class of 2014 is full of individuals who have put everything that they have into the betterment of this school and this class” – leaders who are “strong in character and love.” He asked them to remember to be true to who God created them to be and to put on the love of Christ, which “enables and strengthens your pursuit of truth.”
Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206; email@example.com.