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BC Holds 149th Commencement

The time has come to finally put away the pens and books. The 2004 Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies on May 23, drew to a close the college careers of the 2004 graduating class.

Joe Sebey, a physical education graduate from Stanton, takes a self portrait with President Shinn.

Cindy Weber was the speaker at the Baccalaureate service held in Phelp-Stokes Chapel at 10:30 a.m. The 149th Berea Commencement was held in Seabury Arena at 2 p.m., and civil rights activist, Julian Bond was the keynote speaker.

The seniors received an encouraging message from Cindy Weber, who gave a sermon entitled, "Loosing Your Life." Cindy Weber is from Louisville where for the past twenty years she has dedicated her life to ministering and service work. Weber is the President and Co-founder of Choices, Inc., which provides housing and support services to homeless women and children through Norma’s House and the Marijane Toney House. Weber encouraged the graduating seniors to find their lives by giving them away.

Julian Bond, a civil rights activist, who received an honorary degree from Berea College, delivered his address, “Greater Efforts, Grander Victories.” Bond, whose family connection to Berea extends back three generations, has served as chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1998. He also is Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the American University in Washington D.C. and a faculty member in the history department at the University of Virginia. In 1960 as a student at Morehouse College, Bond led sit-in demonstrations, and also helped form the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and later became the communications director. Bond is a figure to be admired looking to his long career as an educator and activist. Bond’s life work serves as inspiration to the graduating seniors.

* Photo courtesy of David Stephenson.

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