Bryan Graduates 110 Students at Fall Commencement

December 22, 2015

December CommencementDec. 22, 2015 – On Friday, Dec. 18, new graduates of the School of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) and the School of Arts and Sciences celebrated as Bryan College conferred 110 degrees on them, with 22 candidates for the Master of Business Administration degree, 87 for Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees, and 1 for the Associate of Science degree.

Vice President of Academics Kevin Clauson said, “In the Christmas Season, and front of a capacity crowd, it was truly a blessing to experience these graduates receiving their diplomas. We thank parents, spouses, children, grandparents, other relatives, and friends who supported their graduates financially, emotionally, and in so many other ways.”

Bryan College President Stephen D. Livesay said, “The Scripture says in the Proverbs that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. And I pray that as you go forth from this place – as you continue in your quest for learning – as you continue in the vocation that God has called you to – that you would remember that in all of our learning, the foundation is that which is, indeed, the fear of the Lord.”

After Dr. Vaughn Cardona led the audience and graduates in singing “Amazing Grace” and himself performed Mendelssohn’s “If with All Your Hearts,” Dr. Livesay introduced commencement speaker Dr. Lisa Hurst.  Dr. Hurst, an AGS adjunct instructor as well as president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley, told the Class of 2015 that they have inspired her personally because of their firm faith: “The inner strength I’ve seen in each of you to persevere has made this journey so special.”

Dr. Hurst expressed it best when she encouraged the graduates, “Be the best you in the role the Lord has for you right now; the greater story will unfold wonderfully as you attend to what is right in front of you.”

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