Trevecca Nazarene University

112th Commencement not deterred by rain

Moving graduation ceremonies indoors did not stop family members from enjoying the ceremony in the sanctuary of Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene.

On May 4, 2013, Trevecca awarded degrees to 870 graduates during its 112th commencement ceremonies. For the first time in 21 years of outdoor commencement ceremonies, Trevecca moved its commencement convocation indoors because of rain. The weather forecasts of a 100 percent possibility of rain convinced Steve Pusey, University provost, that an outdoor ceremony was not possible, and he made the decision to implement the rain plan.

Implementing the rain plan required some major logistical planning and the use of technology. The main commencement program was conducted in the convocation center of the Boone Business Building before an audience composed of graduates of these programs--undergraduate, graduate religion, Christian ministry, and the master of organizational leadership—and their families and friends. The program was live streamed to three locations on campus where the graduates of other programs and their guests were present. Additionally the program was live streamed to two auditoriums on campus where other family members could watch. These added venues allowed the University to welcome all visitors who wanted to attend or watch the ceremonies. The four locations and the groups of graduates who received their diplomas in those locations were the following:
• Moore PE Bldg./Gymnasium—Graduate Education, MLIS, and Education EdD
• Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene/ Gymnasium--MHR, Graduate Management, 
       BSCIT, HIT, and Criminal Justice
• Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene Sanctuary--Physician Assistant, Graduate Counseling, and Graduate Counseling PhD

At the conclusion of the commencement program, the awarding of diplomas was conducted in each of the four locations.

Two special awards were presented at this year’s commencement. Charles Davis, a 1970 graduate of Trevecca, was presented the Lyla T. Mackey Diakonos Award for his years of service to Trevecca. Davis, the appellate judge with the Second District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida since 1999, has served on the Trevecca Board of Trustees for 31 years and has been active in his community and his church.

The Citizenship Award, the highest award presented to a Trevecca senior, was presented to Michael E. Stocks, from Oxford, Mississippi, in recognition of the way he has inspired fellow students by his dependability, academic accomplishments, enthusiasm, and Christian character and integrity.