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For Immediate Release

 

May 15, 2013

 

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 theHeritage, 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.

2013 Graduates with Majors and Honors

Welch College

Associate of Science Degrees

Pamela Lynn Ham

Franklin, TN

Biology

 

Carol Spruill Holland

Waipahu, HI

Business

 

Russell Douglas Houske

Dover, TN

Ministry

 

Julie Marie Montero

Miami, FL

Biology

 

John Leonard Shamblin

Iuka, MS

Ministry

 

Wayne Thomas Smith †

Pamplico, SC

Ministry

 

Jesse Robert Timmons †

Florence, SC

Ministry

 

Gregory Allen Whitehead

Hampton, TN

Ministry

 

Christian Tyler Wilson †

Pleasant View, TN

Biology

 

Associate of Arts Degrees

Haylee Lanise Hubbard

Hot Springs, AR

 

Rebecca Jolene James†

Manor, GA

 

Bachelor of Science Degrees

Jacob Logan Culwell*

Springfield, TN

Business Administration

 

Amber Michelle Freeman

Glenwood, AR

Child Development and Learning

Licensure K-6

 

Nicholas Edward Hampton*

Pleasant View, TN

Psychology

Kelly Lynn Hicks

Taft, TN

Child Development and Learning

Licensure K-6

 

Rachel Ann Jackson**

Newport, TN

Child Development and Learning

Licensure K-6

 

Nicholas Blake Jordan

Iuka, MS

Youth Ministry

 

 

Stephan Alexander Knox

Ashland City, TN

Psychology

 

Matthew Jordan Looney***

Smithville, TN

General Christian Ministries

 

Catherine Lynn Pointer***

Russellville, AR

Child Development and Learning

Licensure K-6

 

Christen Paige Pointer***

Russellville, AR

Physical Education

Licensure K-6

 

Leigha Ruth Ramos*

Ashland City, TN

Early Childhood Education

Licensure PreK-3

 

Michael Anthony Shearon

Joelton, TN

Youth Ministry

 

Brittani Chari Sims**

Brighton, MI

Business Administration

 

Allison Leigh Wilkerson

Coker, AL

Psychology

 

Bachelor of Arts Degrees

Aaron Lee Pierce***

Tupelo, MS

Pastoral Ministry

 

Steven Christopher Reeder**

Doe Run, MO

Missions

 

Bethany Dawn Shope

Knoxville, TN

Missions

 

Gregory Mitchell Smith

Tawas City, MI

Pastoral Ministry

 

Robin-Lynn Marie Snow**

Tecumseh, MI

Missions

 

Kacy Rachel Stone

Morehead, KY

Missions

 

Montgomery Frank Thornsbury

Paintsville, KY

History

 

Bachelor of Music Education

Degrees

Brittany April Brown*

Woodbridge, VA

Licensure K-12

 

Kristina Nichole Clem**

Decatur, IL

Licensure K-12

 

Christian Elizabeth Cyrus**

Ashland, KY

Licensure K-12

 

Kayla Lynn Gaddis

Marion, NC

Licensure K-12

 

Rebekah Ayers Talbot***

Tuscaloosa, AL

Licensure K-12

 

 

*** Summa Cum Laude

** Magna Cum Laude

* Cum Laude

† Not Present

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