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Welch College conferred degrees on 50 students from 15 states in commencement exercises at Memorial Auditorium on Friday, May 8, 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-eight percent of the class graduated with honors.

Judge Alberto Gonzales, former U. S. Attorney General and current Dean of Belmont College of Law, delivered the commencement address. He warned graduates that life can be subject to “rogue waves,” unexpected events that turn our worlds upside down. Gonzales explained that while these hardships may come to define us, they do not have to destroy us. He encouraged graduates to use these difficulties as opportunities to grow closer to God and their families and friends. Gonzales also emphasized the importance of taking time to discover our passions and the gifts God has given us, and to pursue them.

Wayne Miracle, pastor of New Life Fellowship FWB Church in Statesboro, Georgia, presented Thursday evening’s baccalaureate sermon from Luke 10, encouraging graduates to give their lives to the harvest of God’s Kingdom. Miracle, moderator of the Georgia State Association of Free Will Baptists and member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Free Will Baptists, emphasized the need for commitment to the work of the harvest, to the message of the gospel, and to one another. He implored graduates to take full advantage of the investments that teachers, family, and others have made in their lives and to not settle for a life beneath their potential.

Welch College Business Department Coordinator Dr. Rebecca Deel was named Academic Advisor of the Year. President Matt Pinson also recognized Dean of Women Susan Forlines for 25 years of faithful service to Welch College.

Dr. Bruce Barnes, former president of Gateway Christian College in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was included in the processional and led the prayer of consecration for the graduating class. Dr. Barnes worked closely with the administration of Welch College to aid in the enrollment of many former Gateway students after that school closed in 2013.

The college commends to you and to the work of the Lord the members of the 2015 graduating class.

 

Associate of Science Degrees 

Camille René Driggers
Turbeville, SC
Nursing

Joslin Erin Ferguson
Hermitage, TN
Nursing

Celeste Anne Ford
Chapmansboro, TN
Nursing

Anna Carole Grimsley
Colquitt, GA
Nursing

Thomas Wesley Hoffmaster II
Inwood, WV
Ministry

Rae Ann Mahaney
Reynoldsburg, OH
Business

John Tyler Norris
Winfield, AL
Nursing

Hannah Elizabeth Skaggs
Ashland, KY
Nursing

Kelsey Brooke Turner
Tishomingo, MS
Nursing

Associates of Arts Degrees

Staci Anne Clarke
Columbus, OH

Tyler Brooke Fondren
Florence, MS

Bachelor of Science Degrees

Loren Rae Alexander
Mountain Home, AR
Child Development and Learning
Licensure K-6

Charity Shea Brown***
Nashville, TN
English
Licensure 7-12

Nathan Ray Colvin
Dickson, TN
Biology
Licensure 7-12

Derek John Cominskie***
Virginia Beach, VA
General Christian Ministries

Daniel Lee Culwell
Rose Bud, AR
Youth and Family Ministry and Business

David Anthony Dell***
Virginia Beach, VA
General Christian Ministries

Joel Alexander Forlines*
Nashville, TN
Music Performance

Priscilla Barnes Hawkins
Nashville, TN
Psychology and Learning

Dakota Vance Herren*
Ashville, NC
Biology

Elizabeth Marie Hill***
Norton, VA
Child Development and Learning
Licensure K-6

Matthew Lee Jackson
Nashville, TN
Business Administration

Lesley Allison Jenkins**
Spring Field, TN
Psychology

Audrey Kathleen Jordan***
Joelton, TN
Child Development and Learning
Licensure K-6

Casey Leigh-Anne Lewis***
Washington, NC
Child Development and Learning
Licensure K-6

Deandra Dawnae Lindsay*
Red Bay, AL
Child Development and Learning
Licensure K-6

Amanda Leighann Mouser*
Nashville, TN
Business Administration

Matthew John Mouser
Nashville, TN
General Christian Ministries

Keegan Brent Murfin
Pleasant View, TN
Business Administration

Kelsey Brooke Nelson
New Bern, NC
Psychology

Melissa Lauren Nelson**
New Bern, NC
Child Development and Learning
Licensure K-6

Courtney Renee Pennington
Tampa, FL
Exercise Science

Maria Lyn Petty**
Beecher City, IL
Psychology

Daniel Arthur Pugh*
Millington, TN
General Christian Ministry

Laura Chantal Riggs***
Nantes, France
Biology

Joshua Michael Simmons*
Virginia Beach, VA
General Christian Ministries

Elizabeth Gail Snow**
Old Hickory, TN
Exercise Science

Kevin Wayne Stox
Ayden, NC
Youth Ministry

Sean D. Taylor*
Richmond, VA
General Christian Ministries

Cody Lee Truett
Dover, FL
General Christian Ministries

Kristin Denise Trussell*
Seffner, FL
Psychology

Miles Reid Wilkerson**
Amory, MS
General Christian Ministries

Bachelor of Arts Degrees

Reese Richardson Brown***
Nashville, TN
History

Katherine Victoria Fry**
Mountain Grove, MO
English

Walter Hernandez, Jr.
Clinton, TN
Missions

Richie Gabriel Kyburz
Desoto, MO
Pastoral Ministry

Collin Michel Lane
Russellville, AR
History

Derreck Andrew Lute**
Wheelersburg, OH
Pastoral Ministry

Keri Dawn Simpson
Northport, AL
English

*** Summa Cum Laude
** Magna Cum Laude
* Cum Laude

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