Bethel Holds Fall 2017 Commencement
McKENZIE (December 9) — Bethel University’s Fall 2017 Commencement was Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on the school’s McKenzie campus.
Three hundred and two candidates were awarded the following degrees: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Criminal Justice.
Bethel University Professor and Co-Chair of the Division of Education, Dr. Robin Salyers, was the commencement speaker. Salyers reminded graduates that their sitting there was testament to their hard work, their dedication and their tenacity. She also congratulated them and told them it was a privilege and an honor to be sitting where they were.
“Let me remind you too,” Salyers said. “This privilege and honor comes with responsibility – a responsibility to give back and to serve.”
Salyers challenged graduates to take their degees and their knowledge and to look for ways and opportunities to give back to their communities.
Another reminder that they would each be faced with adversity was Salyers’ next point.
“You are almost always going to be faced with opposition and adversity,” she said, “and sometimes you’re going to blow it. But please do not be too hard on yourself.”
Salyers left graduates with a final story shared from the book “The Princess and the Goblin.” In the story, the main character remembers to trust in what her grandmother told her even when it did not make sense and when it seemed to be impossible. This required following a thread provided by her grandmother that would give her guidance. Even when it was hard to see the string, the granddaughter trusted her grandmother’s wisdom.
“As you begin your journey from this point,” Salyers said, “follow that thread that God has put before you and trust that His plan will get you to where you need to be.”
County graduates included: Misty Faye Barnes of McKenzie — Bachelor of Science; Andrew Scott Butler of McKenzie — Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude); Khrystian Grace Bynum of Huntingdon — Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude); Brenton P. Davis of McKenzie — Bachelor of Science; Dylan Ray Hollowell of Huntingdon — Bachelor of Science; Tanner Austin Jackson of McKenzie — Bachelor of Science; Lindsay Brianne Johnson of McKenzie – Bachelor of Arts; Bridget Marie Neisler of McKenzie — Bachelor of Science; Marco Antonio Ramirez De Santiago of McKenzie — Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude); Matthew Blake Thomas of McKenzie — Bachelor of Science; Alejandra Yanet Padilla of McKenzie — Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training; Danny Allen of McKenzie – Bachelor of Science (With Honors); Carly Faith Jernigan of Hollow Rock – Associate of Science; Laura L. Allen of Trezevant — Master of Science in Criminal Justice; and Ryan Delano Griffin of McKenzie — Master of Business Administration.
Other local graduates included: Ashley Stephens of Gleason – Bachelor of Science; Derek Allen of Henry – Bachelor of Science; Jennifer Barker of Henry – Bachelor of Science (Magna Cum Laude); and Hannah Grissom Johnson of Gleason –Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (Magna Cum Laude).