December 14, 2018 – Friends and family members gathered in Rudd Auditorium on Dec. 18 to watch as nearly one hundred students became Bryan College graduates.
“Mid-year graduations, just days away from Christmas, are always filled with excitement for all of our deserving graduates,” said Dr. Stephen Livesay, President of Bryan College. “I pray these graduates will live out our, and now their, mission as servants of Christ making a difference in their world. Congratulations to all!”
The ceremony also featured inspirational speeches and music from faculty as they marked the students’ milestone. Vaughn Berger read from Psalm 46, a reminder of God’s ever-present strength in times of difficulty. Musical performances by Jonathan and Jeremy Montoya and Vanesiah Dos Anjos also served to celebrate the occasion.
Rev. Carlos Montoya gave the commencement address. Rev. Montoya is a graduate of both Dallas Theological Seminary and The Masters Seminary. He currently serves as the President, Academic Dean, and Hebrew professor at the Seminary for Expository Preaching in Siguatepeque, Honduras, and is an elder at Bethany Baptist Church. He is married to Lori (Swaim), a 1989 Bryan graduate. His son, Jonathan, is a December graduate. Son Jeremy is also currently attending Bryan.
In total, 97 degrees were awarded: 27 masters, 65 bachelors, and 5 associates. Jonathan Montoya received the Highest Scholastic Record award, an honor that goes to the senior who achieves the highest GPA with at least 112 completed semester hours.
In closing, Paulakay Hall ‘84, Alumni Director, asked the graduates to stay connected with Bryan and use their education to further make a difference in today’s world.