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NASHVILLE, TN—Free Will Baptist Bible College graduated 50 students from 16 states and Japan in commencement exercises on campus Friday, May 7, according to President Matt Pinson. Students completed degrees in eight programs ranging from two-year associate’s degrees to four-year bachelor’s degrees. Thirty-six percent of the class graduated with honors.
Reverend Will Harmon, senior pastor at Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas, brought a 20-minute commencement address from Acts 2:17, challenging graduates to answer the question, “What Is Your Big Dream?” He urged hearers to move through the necessary stages of life to fulfill their dreams: Begin with God, Commit Your Heart, Beware of Dream Breakers. Harmon is a 1983 graduate of Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College. A pastor for 26 years, the past 13 years at Cavanaugh Church, he formerly chaired the Hillsdale Board of Trustees, the Arkansas Executive Board, and was vice chairman of the Board at Randall House Publications.
Kentucky pastor Tim Hall, an FWBBC alumnus, delivered a Thursday evening baccalaureate message laced with humor and practical advice, and urged students to pursue three worthy ideals in life—Be Honorable, Be Holy, and Be Happy. Hall has pastored First Free Will Baptist Church (Owensboro) 25 years, and served 11 years as moderator of the Kentucky State Association. He also served on two national boards—the General Board and the Board of Retirement.