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Graduates encouraged to live and lead as followers of Christ
Baptist Bible College & Seminary recognized 215 graduates during a special commencement program held at the Phelps Student Center on May 7.
Diplomas presented ranged from one-year Bible Certificates to Doctor of Ministry degrees. Graduates included residents of 28 states and 12 other nations, including five international students.
View a list of graduates here.
Pictures from the day are posted atwww.facebook.com/BaptistBible.
BBC&S President Jim Jeffery encouraged graduates, families, friends, faculty, and staff through his commencement address.
His message, "Living and Leading as Christ Followers," focused on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ in the contemporary world as believers live under His Lordship and serve others according to His commission.
Drawing on the potential gathered among the graduates, President Jeffery encouraged them to "go beyond" the satisfactory in their service and leadership of others, striving for excellence in all they do.
"Christ followers are those who have put their faith in Christ as Savior, are learning to grow in Christ likeness, have a deep commitment to take up their cross and follow Christ, are engaged in serving Christ by serving others, and are becoming leaders who maximize their influence and multiply in others what Christ has done in their lives," he said.
Listen to President Jeffery's commencement message here.
Watch a special video with President Jeffery discussing global Christian leadership at www.bbc.edu/gcl.
Honorary degree presented
The 78th commencement program included the presentation of a honorary Doctor of Divinity degree to R. Craig Golden, State Representative of the Empire State Fellowship of Regular Baptist Churches. Golden, a former Trustee of BBC&S, was recognized for his leadership in New York state and longtime faithfulness in ministry.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chaplain Candidate (2LT) Jeremiah Tomasetti, U.S. Army, who was commissioned earlier in the week at a ceremony on campus. Tomasetti, a Youth Pastor major from Elizabethtown, PA, and President of the Senior Class, was in the ROTC program at BBC.
The invocation was given by John Greening, Vice Chairman of the BBC&S Board of Trustees. The BBC Concert Chorale, directed by Dr. Larry Kauffman, performed special music, including "In Christ Alone," and "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel." The Prayer of Dedication was presented by Associate Professor John Jackson. The Scripture reading was offered by Dr. David Mappes, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology & Bible Exposition.
National, global impact
States represented among the graduates included Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
International graduates from Brazil, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Peru, and West Africa were recognized. Countries where other graduates are serving included Co'te d'Ivoire, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, and Uruguay.
Those in attendance sang the college hymn, "Holding Fast the Faithful Word" by W.S. Miller.
The event was held as work continues on the new Kempton Athletic Center. Named after the late Dr. Wendell Kempton, a longtime administrator and benefactor, this $4.5 million, 62,000 square-foot facility will include new recreation and training areas. It is expected to open in fall 2011.
Learn more at www.bbc.edu/kempton.
Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers an outstanding Christian education through on-campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students learn to serve and lead as they gain critical leadership and life skills. To learn more, go to www.bbc.edu or call 570.586.2400.
Posted on: 5/7/2010 10:35:33 AM