Commencement celebrates educational milestone for more than 900 students

By |




The Lipscomb community will gather Saturday, May 6, to celebrate the official end of the academic year and significant milestones in the educational journeys of more than 900 undergraduate and graduate students.

In the ceremonies, the university will award 545 undergraduate degrees and 387 graduate and doctoral degrees, which includes May and August graduates.

Festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. in Allen Arena with the doctoral and graduate commencementMisty Vetter Parsley, associate professor of education and faculty advisor for the IDEAL program, will give the professional charge. Lipscomb President L. Randolph Lowry will also address the graduates.

Undergraduate degrees will be conferred at a commencement beginning at 3 p.m. in Allen Arena. Lowry will give a charge to the graduates as well as Hazel Arthur, professor of social work, who will deliver the faculty charge.

reception honoring all graduates will take place from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Student Activities Center located adjacent to Allen Arena. Families and friends of the graduates are invited to attend the reception.

Friday activities

Friday, May 5, is filled with ceremonies and activities leading up to Saturday’s conferring of degrees. Various college awards luncheons and the traditional nursing pinning ceremony are among the afternoon’s activities.

At 2 p.m. on Friday, six students who are part of Lipscomb’s IDEAL (Igniting the Dream of Education and Access) at Lipscomb, will receive their certificates in career exploration studies. The students are the third IDEAL program cohort to earn these certificates. The ceremony will take place in Stowe Hall, located in Swang Business Center. Deborah Boyd, dean of Lipscomb’s College of Education, will give a charge to the students.

IDEAL is a two-year certificate program that provides education and workplace training to students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. It is housed in the College of Education and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Launched in January 2014, the IDEAL program includes academic and skill-building classes, exercise sessions, daily internships, leisure time and a daily study period.

baccalaureate service for graduating undergraduate students will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday in Collins Alumni Auditorium. Following the service, a reception will be held in Bison Square.

Schedule of activities:

Friday, May 5

8:30 a.m. — Undergraduate Provost's Breakfast, Bison Cafe
10 a.m. — Undergraduate Rehearsal, Allen Arena
2 p.m. — IDEAL Graduation
4:30 p.m. — Undergraduate Baccalaureate Service, Collins Alumni Auditorium
5:30 p.m. — Undergraduate Baccalaureate Reception - Undergraduate students and their family only

Saturday, May 6

8 a.m. — Graduate Rehearsal, Allen Arena
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. — Graduate Commencement Ceremony, Allen Arena (doors open at 9:30 a.m.)
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. — Reception for all graduates, Student Activities Center (SAC)
3 - 4:30 p.m. — Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, Allen Arena (doors open at 1:30 p.m.)

For more information about graduation events call 615.966.6083 or click here