Even though Nashville had the possibility of more rain predicted for Friday evening, Saturday, May 8, dawned bright, clear, and cool—a beautiful day for Trevecca’s 110th commencement. Its largest-ever graduating class—948 graduates—brought approximately 7,000 visitors to the campus. This graduating class included the first graduates of the doctoral program in clinical counseling.
The theme of this commencement was “The Mission: Sing a New Song,” a concept that was reflected in the Scripture reading, the music, and the words of speakers. Carol Maxson, associate provost and dean of academic affairs, presented the challenge to the graduates. She called graduates to engage in a determined effort to say yes to the future into which God was calling them. Reminding listeners of the way that God held out a promised future for Abraham and Sarah, Joseph, Moses, May, and Jesus, she noted that all of these persons had to experience the deaths of their promised future—but all of them eventually saw the fulfillment of God’s promises and were able to “sing a new song.” She challenged graduates to hold onto God’s promises for them through the times when it seems as if those promises are dead—until they, too, can “sing a new song” of God’s fulfilled promises. Three graduates responded: Lauren Spears for the senior class; Christopher Kearney for the degree-completion graduates; and Kristi Marshall for the graduate students.
Jerry Romasco won the Citizenship Award, the highest award that the University presents to a graduating senior, in recognition of his commitment to the values of Trevecca.
Baccalaureate was held on Friday evening in the convocation center of the Boone Business Building. The evening’s theme was “Reverberations of the Song: From Yesterday to Today into Tomorrow.” President Boone’s presentation was entitled “From the Song We Sang to the Song We Sing.”
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