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GBC President Spencer addresses BPC graduates

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Zaneta Howard, Class of 2011, hugs Dean of Students Sherrie Helms while walking out of Saliba Chapel after receiving her diploma. (Photo by Kelley M. Arnold)

By Kelley M. Arnold

Director of News and Public Information

MOUNT VERNON— Brewton-Parker College held Commencement Ceremonies for the Class of 2011 Saturday, May 14 on the Mount Vernon campus inside Saliba Chapel.

During the ceremony, 141 students were presented for candidacy of 145 bachelors and/or associate degrees. Of those, 93 students have completed their degree’s requirements. Eighteen students have applied for summer graduation and were recognized during the ceremony.

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BPC Class of 2011 member Donald Abuda of Nigeria, one of BPC’s international students, walks out of Saliba Chapel May 14 with confidence. (Photo by Kelley M. Arnold)

Commencement speaker Rev. Dan Spencer, president of the Georgia Baptist Convention, encouraged the graduates to revive the church, not reinvent it.

“Graduates, in these days, we need a generation of zealous Christ followers,” said Rev. Spencer. “I challenge you to be an agent for change. More than two-thirds of church goers between the ages of 18 and 22 drop out and never come back; some saying that the church isn’t relevant in its structure. We need revival, not reinvention.

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Introducing Brewton-Parker College, Class of 2011. These students all attended BPC at the Newnan campus. (Photo by Crystal Adams)

 

“I think of Titus, who was sent by Paul to the Greek island of Crete. It was a difficult assignment but he stuck it out. This generation, your generation, has been tasked to go where others will not go and the nations have never been as open for mission work as they are today. Do hard things that your predecessors have not been able or not been willing to do. You have access to technology and social media. Leverage it for the Lord. Create a culture that glorifies God and teaches the gospel – in art, music, TV shows, books… You are the most exciting generation of Christians since the Reformation. Rebel against society’s low expectations and may God bless you like he did Paul and Titus and Timothy – for His glory and His Kingdom.”

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BPC Acting President Dr. Mike Simoneaux (from left), faculty marshal Dr. Mariam George and Dr. T. Ronald Melton, provost, prepare to lead the faculty and degree candidate processional into Saliba for the 2011 Commencement. (Photo by Crystal Adams)

 

Rev. Spencer is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Thomasville. He brought greetings and congratulations to the Class of 2011 from all Georgia Baptist congregations. He offered a prayer of support for the college.

“On behalf of the Georgia Baptist Convention, I want you to know that we love BPC and it is our desire for the college to continue to serve South Georgia for a long, long time. May God grant that in His grace and for His glory,” said Rev. Spencer.

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BPC Acting President Dr. Mike Simoneaux addresses the attendees of the 2011 Commencement May 14 in Saliba Chapel. (Photo by Crystal Adams)

 

Following a processional of faculty and degree candidates led by Dr. Mariam George, faculty marshal, Dr. Jerry Ray, associate professor of Christianity and philosophy, gave the invocation. Rev. Don Moye, executive pastor of First Baptist Church of Vidalia, led the ceremony attendees in the college’s Alma Mater and Rev. Robby Smith, Daniell Baptist Association Director, gave the benediction.

Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college south of Macon and north of Jacksonville, Fla.

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The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.

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The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.
 
Brewton-Parker College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brewton-Parker College.
 
Updated on: May 18, 2011 9:37 AM