Trevecca’s McClurkan Quad was a lovely setting for the University’s 113th Commencement. Chairs for 7,200 persons filled the area, and the steps of the historic McClurkan Building were transformed into a platform for the commencement program and the procession of graduates to receive their degrees. And everything took place under a cloudless sky with a temperature in the comfortable 70s.
Reflecting on the theme of the event, “The Mission: Doing Good,” Michael Jackson, associate professor of religion, challenged graduates with these words: “May the words of Jesus be your compass in life: ‘Do as I have done.’ Give yourself to the common good. Embody compassion. Turn on a light in a dark room. Give a cup of cool water. Pick up towel and basin to serve others. Lay down your life. Do justice. Do peace. Do love. Do these things and you will live.”
Three graduates accepted his challenge and responded for their classmates: Sydney Maxfield, for traditional undergraduates; Robert Massie, for degree-completion students; and Christy Ansley, for graduate students.
The University presented diplomas to 727 graduates.
A highlight of commencement is always the presentation of the Trevecca Citizenship Award. This award, the highest one presented to a student at Trevecca, is given to a student who best exemplifies the qualities that Trevecca wants its students to develop. This year’s Citizenship Award went to Ashley Hoffner, a social work major from Oxford, Mississippi.