Reflections on Commencement

Reflections on Commencement

Commencement is always a special time within the Trevecca community.

It’s a time of celebration and commissioning as we charge our graduates to go out into the world as servant leaders. Full of pomp and circumstance and special recognition, it’s a time to honor those who have worked so hard to obtain their degrees as well as the family, friends and faculty members who have supported them.

This year, we had much to celebrate. The University conferred more than 1,140 degrees on Saturday, with nearly 1,000 graduates taking part in the ceremony. Every Commencement location was crowded with friends and family members excited to see their graduates receive the diplomas they had worked so diligently to earn.

It was also an honor to celebrate the legacy of valued members of our faculty. University officials awarded emeritus status to Dr. Mary Ann Meiners and Dr. Ruth Kinnersley as well as Dr. Steve Pusey, who is retiring from his role as Trevecca’s university provost. Dr. Pusey was also recognized as the recipient of the Lyla T. Mackey Diakonos Award, which honors those who have exhibited extraordinary service to the University community or Christian higher education.

Each year, I am awed by the graduates who shake my hand at graduation and anticipate the wonderful ways they will make a difference in our world as well as the ways they already are.

The weather may have moved our Commencement Convocation indoors, but it didn’t dampen our spirits or our celebration. Thank you, graduates and guests, for your patience and cooperation this weekend. It was our joy to celebrate with you and your families—and our honor to play a role in your story.

Congratulations, Class of 2019!

See photos of the celebration here.