A total of 263 Bethel University students received diplomas during ceremonies held Saturday, Aug. 4, in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on the school’s campus. In his welcoming remarks, Bethel University President Walter Butler noted that 1,100 Bethel students had graduated this scholastic year. He added that the school, originally established as a seminary in McLemorseville, TN, was founded 177 years ago this week.
During the ceremony, Jon E. Turner, PhD, was honored as Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Information Systems. Turner taught math, computer science, and philosophy at Bethel since 2003, and most recently headed up the university’s comprehensive Quality Enhancement Plan.
The Honorable John Stevens, Senator of Tennessee’s 24th District, served as commencement speaker. During his remarks, the Huntingdon resident reminded attendees that true freedom does not come from a single decision, but through a series of moral and prudent choices. “We must decide what we wish to sacrifice to obtain something else we value more,” he said.
Stevens urged graduates to remember that the guiding principles learned at Bethel University are not just a “responsibility to act upon, but to pass along through word and deed.”