Bryan awards degrees in May commencement

June 4, 2014

Two hundred seventeen graduates received degrees, and one honorary doctorate was awarded during Bryan’s eighty-fourth commencement exercises May 5.

asir4sm (1)gradaward (1)Bryan President Dr. Stephen Livesay, left, presents an honorary doctorate to the Rev. Augustine Asir. Bryan conferred the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on the Rev. Augustine Asir, founder of Word for the World ministry in India, recognizing his decades-long outreach to forgotten peoples in his country, and the partnership Word for the World and Bryan College have had for more than 10 years.

Bryan President Dr. Stephen Livesay congratulated the graduates for “persevering in the pursuit of you degrees.” He encouraged them to “lead lives of excellence in the vocations to which you have been called. Honor the motto of your alma mater, ‘Christ Above All.’”

The college awarded Master of Business Administration degrees to 27 graduates, Bachelor of Arts degrees to 67 graduates, and 125 Bachelor of Science degrees. Included in that number were two graduates who received both BA and BS degrees.


During the service for the School of Arts and Sciences, the traditional Bryan College program, awards were presented to:

  • Caleb Ebersole and Carlin Nasiatka received the P.A. Boyd Prizes for the senior man and woman who exerted the most influence over their fellow students.
  • Shannon McGowan, highest scholastic average.
  • Harry Sherwood, most progress.
  • Clayton Schmidt, faithfulness and loyalty award.

Joel Peckman, a communication studies: corporate option major from Chambersburg, Pa., delivered the commencement address for the Arts and Sciences service. Hear a podcast of Mr. Peckman’s speech here. Lori Baier, a business administration: business management graduate from Hixson, Tenn., delivered the address for the School of Adult and Graduate Studies service. Hear a podcast of Ms. Baier’s speech here.