Welch College Graduates 37 in First Commencement Exercises Under New Name
NASHVILLE, TN—Welch College conferred degrees on 37 students from 14 states in commencement exercises at Memorial Auditorium on Friday, May 10, according to President Matt Pinson. Students completed degrees in multiple programs ranging from two-year associate’s degrees to four-year bachelor’s degrees. Forty percent of the class graduated with honors.
Dr. Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School, delivered the commencement address, highlighting the importance of the Heritage, Message, and Mission of the graduating class as they go forward to minister in the Ecotone that is the post-modern world. George has served churches in four states and has written over 20 books. He is also senior editor at Christianity Today magazine.
Michigan pastor Rick Locklear presented Thursday evening’s baccalaureate message from 2 Timothy 2 encouraging graduates to take seriously their call to leadership and serve the Lord diligently and with excellence. Locklear, a 1980 Welch College graduate, has been involved in the work of Woodhaven Free Will Baptist Church in Woodhaven, Michigan for over 28 years and serves as a member of the board of directors of the Free Will Baptist Foundation.
Dr. James Stevens, program coordinator for the Music Department, was named Academic Advisor of the Year. President Matt Pinson presented plaques to Business Program Coordinator Dr. Rebecca Deel and Librarian Carol Reid for 25 years of faithful service to the Lord through the ministry of Welch College.
The college commends to you and to the work of the Lord the members of the 2013 graduating class.