Welch College conferred degrees on 58 students in its first commencement exercises since moving to Gallatin, TN, according to President Matt Pinson. Just a few days shy of the new Celorio Hall being available on the new campus, the college was blessed to have the use of nearby NorthField Church for its Commencement service on Friday, May 19, and Baccalaureate on Thursday evening, May 18. Students completed degrees in multiple programs ranging from two-year associate’s degrees to the new Master of Arts degree in Theology and Ministry. Forty-eight percent of the class graduated with honors.

Rev. Clint Morgan, General Director of Free Will Baptist International Missions, delivered the commencement address. He challenged graduates with seven African proverbs taken from his book African Proverbs: Wisdom without Borders, a product of his twenty-nine years of missionary service in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. Rev. Todd Parrish, pastor of First Free Will Baptist Church, Washington, NC, presented Thursday evening’s baccalaureate sermon.  He relayed to graduates the importance of servanthood as taught by Christ’s washing the disciples’ feet in John 13.

A hooding was held on Thursday afternoon, May 18, for Welch’s first graduates of the M.A. program in Theology and Ministry. This event took place in the new library of Coffman Hall. A reception followed for graduates and their families.

President Matt Pinson recognized Dr. Greg Ketteman for his eleven years of outstanding service as Welch College provost. Dr. Ketteman will begin a new position June 1 as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. School of Theology Dean Dr. Kevin Hester was named Academic Advisor of the Year. Dr. Ian Hawkins, Chairman of the Arts and Sciences Department, was recognized for ten years of faithful service to Welch College.

Immediately following the Commencement service, the college family hosted a luncheon on the new campus grounds for all graduates and guests.

The college commends to you and to the work of the Lord the members of the 2017 graduating class.

Associate of Science Degrees

Michal Tinsley Bell
Joelton, TN
Biology

Macie Brooke Cothran
Pleasant View, TN
Biology

Lydia Grace Creech
Macon, GA
Biology

Tavares Tony Dixon
Clarksville, TN
Ministry

Jessica Lindsey Hilliard
Franklin, TN
Early Childhood

Barry Lane Kelly
Bowie, TX
Ministry

Lauren Elizabeth LaMotte
Ashland City, TN
Biology

Eileen Elis Norment
Montgomery, AL
Business

Elizabeth Rose Palmer
Wellington, KS
Biology

Taylor Brooke Walker
Albany, GA
Biology

Bachelor of Science Degrees

Zachary Don Barefield
Russellville, AR
Youth and Family Ministry

Autumn Gayle Blades**
Cedar Hill, TN
History Education – Licensure 7-12

Jordan Patrick Chandler**
Pleasant View, TN
Business Administration

Joshua Ray Colson***
Johnston City, IL
General Christian Ministry

Alexander J. Crawford
Cave Springs, AR
Youth and Family Ministry

Morgan Danae Droll**
Ina, IL
Child Development and Learning
Licensure K-6

Gregory Allen Eaton
Waynesboro, TN
General Christian Ministry

Jared Andrew Forlines**
Nashville, TN
Psychology

Adam Heath Giles
Ashland City, TN
Psychology

Abigail Lauren Greenwood*
Nashville, TN
Early Childhood Education
Licensure PreK-3

Kimberly Gail Hagood**
Whitesburg, TN
General Christian Ministry

Trevor Allen Holden*
Searcy, AR
History Education
Licensure 7-12

Ashton Paige Johnson**
Ada, Oklahoma
Exercise Science

Jason Michael Jones*
Ernul, NC
Psychology

Jamie Lee Lane
Marion, NC
General Christian Ministry

Thomas Andrew Lovett
Madison, AL
General Christian Ministry

Albert Prestin Marable, Jr.
Nashville, TN
General Christian Ministry

Steven Nicholas Marsh
Plant City, FL
Business Administration

Megan Mackenzie McNeill***
Woodlawn, TN
Early Childhood Education
Licensure PreK-3

Caleb Montgomery***
Fayette, AL
Psychology

William Carson Outlaw***
Nashville, TN
General Christian Ministry

Hannah Jane Pappas*
Turbeville, SC
Child Development and Learning
Licensure K-6

Shelby LeeAnn Payne**
Sesser, IL
Psychology

Travis A. Persinger*
Muncie, IN
Worship Music

Eric Pope
Wabash, IN
General Christian Ministry

Samuel Riggs***
Guin, AL
Exercise Science

Akelam Aswan Romain
St. Croix, Christiansted, USVI
Business Administration

Garrett Wayne Saunders
Seffner, FL
Biology

Ellen Marie Stox
Washington, NC
Psychology

Faron Wayne Thebeau**
Weslaco, TX
General Christian Ministry

Jeannine Nichole Tuttobene***
LaVergne, TN
Biology

Bachelor of Arts Degrees

Billy Jonathan Champion
Dothan, AL
Pastoral Ministry

Nicholas Kyle Coleman
Greenwood, AR
Youth and Family Ministry

Daniel Thomas Dell*
Nashville, TN
Pastoral Ministry

Devon Scott Jensen
Auburndale, FL
Pastoral Ministry

Renee Elizabeth Lancaster*
Mount Juliet, TN
English

Mackenzie Brianna McNeese*
Joelton, TN
English

Daniel Michael Reeves*
Owensboro, KY
Intercultural Studies

Benjamin Thomas Scott***
Clarksville, TN
English

Lauren Janel Strickland***
Jacksonville, NC
English

Cherish “Raven” Tuttobene***
LaVergne, TN
History
English

Rebekah Joy Zuniga**
Cedar Hill, TN
History

Bachelor of Music Education Degrees

Amy Hope McDonald**
Nashville, TN
Music Education
Licensure K-12

Zurisadai Zuniga Anaya***
Springdale, AR
Music Education
Licensure K-12

Master of Arts Degrees

Michael David Hollis
Nashville, TN
Theology and Ministry

Larry Lee Reynolds
Meridian, MS
Theology and Ministry

William Elliott Reynolds, Jr.
North Kingstown, RI
Theology and Ministry

Zachary Adam Vickery
Taylor, AL
Theology and Ministry

 

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

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