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BPC confers 192 degrees to May 10 graduates

Dr. Brad Creed of Samford University delivers Commencement Address

Hope Williamson, second from left
Hope Williamson, second from left, is all smiles in anticipation of receiving her bachelor of science degree during the May 10 Commencement Ceremony.

By Kelley M. Arnold

Interim Director of Marketing


MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College’s Mount Vernon commencement speaker, Dr. J. Bradley “Brad” Creed, Provost and Executive Vice President of Samford University of Birmingham, Ala., encouraged the college’s 2008 graduates to “pursue their vocation” and not just a career in life.


Dr. Brad Creed
Dr. J. Bradley Creed, provost and executive vice president of Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.) delivers the 2008 Commencement Address.

“Vocation is not something that you plan as it is something that is planned for you,” said Dr. Creed. “Your engagement with your vocation is a process of discovery, but more than discovering your vocation, your vocation discovers you, and to your vocation, while you are in the process of being discovered, you either say ‘yes’ or ‘no.’  Vocation is the intersection of what you most need to do what the world most needs to have done.”


The college graduated 118 students in the ceremony held Saturday, May 10 in the Gillis Gymnasium on the Mount Vernon campus. Combined with the External Programs Commencement held later in the day at the First Baptist Church of Hinesville, Brewton-Parker graduated 190 students over the weekend.


During the commencement, two students were fortunate to have family members connected with the college to bestow their respective degree to them.

Bethany Ruth New was presented a bachelor of science degree from her mother, Debra New, principal of Mt. Zion Christian Academy Elementary. Mrs. New also gave the commencement invocation. Rev. Don Moye, executive associate pastor of the First Baptist Church of Vidalia, presented his wife, Glenda McKinney Moye, with a bachelor of music degree. Rev. Moye also gave the commencement benediction.

Rev. Don Moye, and wife, Glenda
Rev. Don Moye, center, presents his wife, Glenda, with her bachelor of music degree during Brewton-Parker College’s May 10 Commencement Ceremony in Gillis Gym while BPC President Dr. David R. Smith looks on at right.

Joining the 2008 graduates were members of the college’s Half-Century Club – alumni who graduated from BPC 50 years ago or more. The group of six was set apart by orange BPC sashes on black gowns. Dr. David R. Smith, BPC president, praised the alumni group’s “commitment” to BPC, welcoming them to stand and be recognized.

“We are proud to once again include these special alumni to our commencement. We are honored with their presence,” said Dr. Smith.


The commencement music, “Like a River Glorious”, was arranged by Dr. Glenn Eernisse, chair of the college’s Division of Music, and performed by the BPC Brass Ensemble. In closing, Dr. Eernisse also led the graduating class and the commencement attendees in a final round of BPC’s Alma Mater.


Paula Whitaker
BPC staff member Paula Whitaker receives her bachelor of business administration degree from Dr. David R. Smith, BPC president.
Dr. David R. Smith
Dr. David R. Smith, BPC president, encourages the Class of 2008.
The Half Century Club
The Half Century Club
BPC graduate
Ready for the future with diploma in hand, this Brewton-Parker College walks through the doors of the Gillis Gym signifying his passage from college life to “real world”.
Carly Colombero
2008 BPC grad Carly Colombero shows off her customized cap following the May 10 ceremony.
Dr. Hal Ostrander
Dr. Hal Ostrander, chair of the Division of Religion and Philosophy, fulfills the honor of Faculty Marshal in the BPC processional.
A recent BPC graduate is congratulated by friends following the May 10 ceremony in the Gillis Gym on the Mount Vernon campus. (Photos by Kelley M. Arnold)
Class of 2008
Members of Brewton-Parker College’s Class of 2008 line up in the hallway of the Snooks Student Activities Center prior to commencement.




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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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Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM