New graduates of the School of Adult and Graduate Studies and the School of Arts and Sciences celebrated on Dec. 13 as Bryan College conferred 100 degrees on them, with 20 candidates for the Master of Business Administration degree, 6 for the Master of Arts degree, 73 for Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees, and 1 for the Associate of Science degree.
Commencement speaker Pastor Robert Armstrong of New Union Baptist Church in Dayton encouraged the Class of 2013 in his powerful address. Before the presentation of diplomas, graduating senior music majors David Benedict and Randy Bright performed a duet medley of “Be Thou My Vision” and “Be Still My Soul,” arranged by Benedict, who was also awarded the Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
“Putting together a puzzle without seeing the image of the final product is nearly impossible,” Alumni Director Paulakay Hall said when she welcomed the new graduates into the family of Bryan alumni. Her words spoke encouragement into every graduate’s heart in this time of excitement and nervousness. “Look to God, because He knows where He is taking you. Give all of your puzzle pieces to the Master Builder – He’s got this.”
As AGS Director of Academic Services David Bennett read at the beginning of the service, “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is far better than gain from silver and her profit is better than gold” (Prov. 3:13-14 ESV). Remembering this proverb, these 100 new graduates will take wisdom into the world and continue to make a difference by serving Christ.