Welch College Graduates 49


Welch College Graduates 49 in Commencement Exercises

Welch College conferred degrees on 49 students from 15 states in commencement exercises at Memorial Auditorium on Friday, May 6, 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-nine percent of the class graduated with honors.

Rev. Keith Burden, Executive Secretary of the National Association of Free Will Baptists, delivered the commencement address. He challenged graduates to be the best they can be, to take responsibility for their actions, and expect great things from God and attempt great things for God.

Jeff Nichols, executive pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, presented Thursday evening’s baccalaureate sermon. He relayed to graduates that they were made by God who knows their future and to look at their years of preparation with patience for the future.

Welch College Pastoral Ministry Coordinator Dr. Barry Raper was named Academic Advisor of the Year. President Matt Pinson also recognized Christian Service Director John Murray for 25 years of faithful service to Welch College.

The college commends to you and to the work of the Lord the members of the 2016 graduating class.

Associate of Science Degrees

Adam Heath Giles
Ashland City, TN
Business

Kenneth Mark Murphy
Kannapolis, NC
Ministry

David Alan Robinson
Lexington, NC
Ministry

Keith Michael Stegall
Moline, IL
Ministry

Elisabeth Grace Webster
Norfolk, VA
Nursing

Bachelor of Science Degrees

Erik Mark Armstrong
Red Bay, AL
Youth and Family Ministry

Nathaniel Bacon Brimer**
Norfolk, VA
General Christian Ministry

Rachel Ann Burns
Springfield, OH
Child Development and Learning
Licensure K-5

Sunni Coral Champion
Florence, AL
General Christian Ministry

Lim Nhial Chol
Nashville, TN
Exercise Science

Shelby Faith Cominskie*
Virginia Beach, VA
Child Development and Learning
Licensure K-5

Nathaniel Austin Deel**
Antioch, TN
History
Licensure 6-12 in History and English

Leah Carol Dell**
Ashland City, TN
Child Development and Learning
Licensure K-5

Hannah Renee Driggers**
Scranton, SC
English
Licensure 6-12

Joshua Daniel Dunbar*
Russellville, AR
Business Administration
Youth and Family Ministry

Hanna Alicia Dunham*
Wheelersburg, OH
Child Development and Learning
Licensure K-5

George Hudson Shaw Dunlap
Nashville, TN
Exercise Science

Taylor Rebecca Greer
Manassas, VA
English
Licensure 6-12

Nathaniel Matthew Hagood
Whitesburg, TN
General Christian Ministry

Benjamin Corey Hobbs
Willow Spring, NC
General Christian Ministry

Carl M. Hooper**
Waverly, TN
General Christian Ministry

Michael Edward Hunt**
Wagoner, OK
General Christian Ministry

Gabriel Thomas Kear
Chula Vista, CA
Business Administration

Allison Ruth Lewis
Chicago, IL
Early Childhood

Emily Jane Lute
Warren, MI
Business Administration

Jessica Wey Melvin**
Mt. Juliet, TN
Exercise Science

Caroline Elizabeth Merkh
Nashville, TN
Business Administration

Caleb Luke Milling*
Ashland City, TN
General Christian Ministry

John Daniel Newland**
Joelton, TN
Music Performance

Leslie Blake Nichols*
Old Hickory, TN
Exercise Science

Melissa Taylor Owen
Canton, GA
Business Administration

Emily Jane Parrish***
Washington, NC
Psychology

Amy Michelle Pickett**
Pocahontas, AR
Early Childhood Education
Licensure PreK-3

Andrew Evan Pierce
Tupelo, MS
General Christian Ministry

David Andrew Reeves*
Owensboro, KY
Business Administration

Adison Kyler Showalter*
Butler, GA
General Christian Ministry

Caleb Ryan Smith
Mount Holly, NC
Youth and Family Ministry

Wayne Thomas Smith*
Fort Lawn, SC
General Christian Ministry

Paula Melinda Stonerock***
Columbus, OH
Child Development and Learning
Licensure K-5

Larissa Cheree Thomas***
Greenwood, AR
Psychology

Gregory Wayne Tucker
Huntsville, AL
Pastoral Ministry

Tracye Shawnette Tucker
Franklin, TN
General Christian Ministry

Zachary Adam Vickery*
Taylor, AL
General Christian Ministry

James Victor
Francis Creek, WI
Physical Education

Bachelor of Arts Degrees

Stephen Dempsey Bozeman**
Butler, GA
History

Nathaniel Austin Deel**
Antioch, TN
English

Cameron Michael Edwards
Cane Ridge, TN
English

Michael David Hollis***
Washington, NC
Pastoral Ministry

Brittany La Shae Walker*
Spruce Pine, AL
Missions

Dustin Michael Walters
Hamilton, AL
Pastoral Ministry

*** Summa Cum Laude

** Magna Cum Laude

* Cum Laude