One hundred eighty seven graduates received their diplomas in two commencement exercises on Saturday, May 11, at Bryan College.
Bachelor of Science graduates, standing, turn
their tassels as they prepare to cross the Rudd
Auditorium stage to receive their diplomas. During the service for the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) the college awarded 60 Bachelor of Arts degrees and 58 Bachelor of Science degrees. In the service for the School of Adult and Graduate Studies, the college awarded 19 Master’s degrees, 49 Bachelor of Science degrees, and one Associate’s degree. In addition, 13 members of the Bryan College Class of 1963 were presented Golden Anniversary diplomas in recognition of 50 years since their graduation.
President Dr. Stephen Livesay challenged the graduates to live lives of excellence. “Live a life that exalts Jesus Christ. Honor our motto of Christ Above All. As you honor the motto you honor the college and all who have gone before you,” he said.
Golden Grad members of the Class of 1963 are pictured
before the 2013 commencement service. The evening before, Dr. Livesay spoke to members of the Class of 1963, focusing on changes the college has made to meet changing expectations of today’s students. He pointed out the options of online classes which allow professors to teach “live to students on this campus, and [online] to students in Idaho and Georgia.
“We are trying to provide options for our students, but we will not change the mission – educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world. Modalities may change but we must keep the mission firm.”
During Friday’s Vesper’s service, the seniors paid tribute to classmate Meaghan Jones, who died unexpectedly as their junior year was beginning. Emily Belisle said, “Through her, I learned that loving people is the most important thing I can do.” The next morning, Dr. Livesay presented to her parents a posthumous degree in communication studies: political option, in her memory.
During the SAS graduation, Heather McIntyre and Luke Ebersole were presented the P.A. Boyd Prizes, recognizing the seniors who had the greatest Christian influence over their fellow students. Amy Morris was recognized as having the highest scholastic record among the graduates. Leo Gikonyo received the Most Progress award. Kelly Findley received the Alumni Faithfulness and Loyalty Award, honoring his contribution to the college.