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NASHVILLE, TN—Welch College conferred degrees on 34 students from 10 states and two other countries in commencement exercises at Memorial Auditorium on Friday, May 9, according to President Matt Pinson. Students completed degrees in multiple programs ranging from two-year associate’s degrees to four-year bachelor’s degrees. Thirty-five percent of the class graduated with honors.

Dr. David Dockery, president of Union University and president-elect of Trinity International University, compared the list of graduates to the list of names in Paul’s closing in his epistle to the Romans. He challenged the graduates to stand firm, not grow weary in doing good, and to stay true to the things learned during their time at Welch. He advocated following in the footsteps of those listed by Paul who were willing to risk everything for the cause of Christ and who found their identity in Him.

Executive Director of Arkansas Free Will Baptist Tim Campbell delivered the Thursday evening baccalaureate message from James 4:13-17, imploring graduates to surrender their dreams and aspirations to the will of God as an act of sacrificial worship to Him. He reminded graduates that while we dream and plan, “our ambitions must be rooted in God’s will.” He concluded by telling the story of Dr. LaVerne and Mrs. Lorene Miley, encouraging graduates to emulate their willingness to be used by God to make an immeasurable difference in the lives of so many.

Theology Program Coordinator and Campus Pastor Matthew McAffee was named Academic Advisor of the Year. President Pinson recognized Ron Callaway, Dr. Kevin Hester, Dr. James Stevens, Brenda Spruill, Wayne Spruill, and Ernie Thompson for 10 years of service to Welch College. Terry Forrest was presented with a plaque recognizing his 23 years of service as he retires this spring.

The college commends to you and the work of the Lord the members of the 2014 graduating class.

2014 Graduates with Majors and Honors

Associate of Science Degrees

Jacy Summer Congleton
Clayton, NC

Priscilla Colleen Kacha Good
Nashville, TN

Kimberly Gail Hagood+
Whitesburg, TN

Nathaniel Matthew Hagood+
Whitesburg, TN

Samuel R. Hersey+
Atlanta, GA

Stacey Lee Kelley
Marietta, GA

Chris Allen Pate
LaVergne, TN

Johanna Grace Riggs+
Nantes, France

Candice Dawn Curtis Smith
Fielding, New Brunswick, Canada

Frances Angela Williams
Nashville, TN

Derek Lynn Wilson
Sparta, TN

Associate of Arts Degree

Nathan Ray Colvin
Dickson, TN

Bachelor of Science Degrees

Jamie Elizabeth Beckermann
Barnhart, MO
Business Administration

Victoria Elizabeth Bell*
Lexington, NC
Exercise Science

John Preston Cloninger
Hendersonville, TN
Business Administration

Daniel Lee Coker*
Iuka, MS
History – Licensure 7-12

Taylor Jean Coker*
Chapmansboro, TN
Business Administration

Quentin Michael Dickerson
Nashville, TN
General Christian Ministries

Phillip Andrew Easley
Kansas City, MO
General Christian Ministries

Haylee Lanise Hubbard
Hot Springs, AR

Timothy Jack Hutchinson*
Riverview, MI
Youth Ministry

Autumn Jade Monroe
Norman, OK

Edith Barrett Perry***
Ashland City, TN
Business Administration

Kayla Marie Sample***
Sesser, IL
Child Development and Learning – Licensure K-6

Hope Nicole Sisk
Nashville, TN
Early Childhood Education – Licensure PreK-3

Jared Andrew Wall
Knightdale, NC
Youth Ministry

Emily Elizabeth Whitworth**
Pleasant View, TN
Business Administration

Bachelor of Arts Degrees

Bethany Mae Douglas***
Fredericktown, MO

Kenneth Robert Engel*
Jacksonville, FL
Pastoral Ministry

Anthony Ryan Horton
Joelton, TN

Jacob Alton Manning***
Greenville, NC
Pastoral Ministry

Josue Israel Suarez**
Hialeah, FL
Pastoral Ministry

Samantha Jean Williams***
Springfield, AR

Bachelor of Music Education Degree

Robert Andrew Blake Cyrus
Nashville, TN
Music Education – Licensure K-12


*** Suma Cum Laude

**  Magna Cum Laude

*    Cum Laude

+ Not Present

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