Class of 2016 Graduates May 14

May 16, 2016

Grad2May 16, 2016 — On May 14, a day of balmy temperatures and abundant sunshine, the Class of 2016 finally turned their tassels and beamed as Bryan College conferred upon them their well earned degrees. College president Dr. Stephen D. Livesay charged them to honor and live out their alma mater’s motto of “Christ Above All”: “As you honor and live out that motto, you honor Bryan College and all who have gone on before you representing Bryan throughout the world.”

The morning ceremonies featured Bryan Alderman ’16 as the senior commencement speaker. He inspired his fellow graduates to trust their futures to the Author of history. Special guest Dr. Al Mohler of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, who was honored with the Doctor of Laws degree at commencement, said that moral instability and darkening of the current times will serve to show the world what true Christianity looks like. A total of 99 degrees were bestowed in the School of Arts and Sciences, including 68 Bachelor of Science degrees and 31 Bachelor of Arts degrees.

Grad1During the afternoon commencement ceremony for the School of Adult and Graduate Studies, 32 graduates received their Master of Business Administration, 46 received their Bachelor of Science, and 4 received their Associate of Science. Dr. Cecil Swetland, the regional director for the Association of Christian Schools International (California-Hawaii), addressed the graduates. He inspired them to strive for humility in every aspect of life, for it is through humility that they can truly make a difference.

Commencement weekend also saw the return of several alumni from the Class of 1966, who were honored as “Golden Grads,” robing up from cap to gown for the ceremony and receiving commemorative diplomas from Dr. Livesay. The Golden Grads were treated to a special honorary dinner Friday night before all praying the Lord’s blessing over the soon-to-be new alumni gathered in Rudd Auditorium for Vespers.

Grad3Alumni Director Paulakay Hall ’84 remarks, “It was an incredible blessing to welcome back our Golden Grads to the Hill for their 50th reunion. Seeing their heart for our new grads was an inspiration and a reminder to us all.”

Videos of the ceremonies can be viewed at this link.


P.A. Boyd Prizes: Awarded to the seniors whose principles and character have secured for them the highest degree of influence over their fellow students.

  • Bryan Alderman ’16 and Michael Sherrill ’16

Highest Scholastic Record:

  • Bryan Alderman ’16 (4.0 GPA) and Michael Sherrill ’16 (4.0 GPA)

Most Progress:

  • Christopher Maye ’16 and Daria Sharova ‘16

Faithfulness and Loyalty Award:

  • Daniel Cadiz ’16 and Kristin Hall ‘16

Written by Chloe Ann Townsend ’13, assistant director of public information, 423.775.7206;