Tennessee Wesleyan graduates 98 at second winter commencement

Posted on: December 17, 2013

Tennessee Wesleyan College celebrated its second winter commencement, graduating 98 students at Friday's ceremony in Townsend Auditorium.

Tennessee Wesleyan College celebrated its second winter commencement, graduating 98 students at Friday's ceremony in Townsend Auditorium. Family and friends of the students and the college gathered together to honor the new Tennessee Wesleyan graduates receiving their degrees and to hear commencement speaker Beecher Hunter, the president of Life Care Centers of America, share his encouragement and wisdom with the graduating class.

A historical winter commencement, this year’s graduates included the college’s first Master of Science in Curriculum Leadership graduates. Hunter's commencement speech applauded the new graduates on finishing a key chapter in their life journey.

“Receiving this diploma ends a very important chapter in your life,” said Hunter to the graduates. “You’ll be starting a new chapter, a new journey, a journey called life.”

Hunter shared with the students how he believes a successful life can be measured.

“A lot of people measure success differently,” said Hunter. “Philosophers claim that the two most curative agents in human interaction are kindness and love.”

Expanding on the importance of kindness and love being utilized in a successful life, Hunter shared stories from his life experiences about how kindness and love have helped him succeed in his career and personal life. One graduate felt that kindness and love were a major part of her TWC experience.

“TWC is a wonderful environment to learn and live in,” said Michelle Davis, who graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Physical Education degree. “The faculty and staff truly care about the students. I’m extremely proud to finish my degree and am certainly grateful for all the support from both my personal family and my TWC extended family.”

This year’s Winter Commencement Award Winners were:

Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Awards: Zachary Sherrill and Trena Phillips

Most Outstanding Business Administration Student: Lauren Flores

Most Outstanding Management Excellence 03A Student: Eve Cartee

Most Outstanding Management Excellence 03K Student: April Fugate

Most Outstanding Management Excellence 04A Student: Mathew Vineyard

Pi Lambda Theta Award Student: Elizabeth Anderson