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BC Honors Mid-Year Grads

With the holidays quickly approaching; a number of students have something else to celebrate—their graduation. View the photo gallery

Mid-year graduates were honored in a ceremony at Phelps-Stokes.

On Sunday the 9th of December at three-o’clock mid-year graduation ushered students into their futures. Phelps-Stokes created an intimate atmosphere for the graduating seniors and their families. President Shinn welcomed students and their families to the recognition service, and introduced student LaKeya Chase who gave the Invocation. “It feels great graduating mid-year, the intimate service really allows friends and family to get the “up close and personal feel” on such a special occasion,” said Chase. “I think the ceremony went very well. I felt honored to have been asked to give the invocation.”

The recognition of first year graduates was given by Jeremy S. Queen, the Senior class president. Following Mr. McQueen’s speech, the presentation of Berea’s Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science took place. The recipient, Joseph Hamilton, is a highly accomplished scientist whose honors included the first American to receive the Russian Flerov Prize and an award from the Peoples Republic of China.

Hamilton is also the Landon C. Garland Distinguished Professor of Physics at Vanderbilt, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1958. He also is an internationally recognized experimental nuclear physicist. He is the founder and directs both the University Isotope Separator at Oak Ridge (UNISOR) and the Joint Institute for Heavy Ion Research, also at Oak Ridge. They were the first major nuclear physics research facilities of their kind in the United States, and continue to bring scientists from around the world to Tennessee to do research. Hamilton also gave an inspiring speech to the soon-to-be graduates titled “Changing Roads that Make a Difference.”

After Mr. Hamilton gave his address it was time for the presentation of graduation candidates*. As the students walked across the stage, they were greeted with the happy chanting and cheering of family and friends. The benediction was given by Dr. Michael Berheide and the Black Music Ensemble ushered out the ceremony with “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow,” and a recessional performed by Mr. John E. Courter and Janet Linker.

*Mid-year graduates are considered candidates for graduation pending results of final exams.

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