Summer Commencement August 2018


Bethel University Summer Commencement to be held Saturday, Aug. 4 

MCKENZIE, TN – Bethel University’s Summer 2018 Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on the school’s McKenzie campus.  The Honorable John Stevens, Senator of Tennessee’s 24th District, will serve as commencement speaker. 

Senator Stevens’ roots run deep in Northwest Tennessee. A resident of Huntingdon, he was elected to the State Senate in 2012 as the first Republican to ever represent Obion and Weakley counties. While in Nashville, Mr. Stevens serves on the Finance, Ways & Means, Judiciary, and Transportation Committees. This year, he was named First Vice-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, which reviews and approves or rejects all Senate amendments to the proposed budget. 

Stevens is a practicing attorney with Thomas Walters, PLLC, which is a multi-state Estate Planning law firm. He is a 1992 graduate of Gallatin High School. He graduated cum laude from Tennessee-Martin in 1996, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. He received his law degree from the University of Memphis in 2002 and worked for the Honorable Judge Don A. Ash before entering private practice.

Governor Bill Haslam appointed Sen. Stevens to the Governor’s Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism, in addition to the Indigent Representation Task Force. He has also been appointed to numerous leadership programs, including the Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, the Henry Toll Fellows program, and the Emerging Leaders program GOPA.

Among Sen. Stevens’ honors are being named Mothers Against Drunk Driving 2016 Legislator of the Year; National Federation of Independent Business 2016 Guardian of Small Business; 2014 Champion of Commerce by the Tennessee Chambers of Commerce; and Legislator of the Year in 2013 by the Tennessee Association of Assessing Officers. He was named Taxpayer Hero from Americans for Prospering after receiving a 104% rating.  He received a 100% rating from the American Conservative Union in 2015, and received a 96% rating from the ACU last year – making him the most conservative Tennessee State Senator for 2016. 

A total of 268 students from the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies, and College of Health Sciences are slated to receive diplomas during the ceremony. Seating for graduation services will begin one hour prior to service time. Graduates with questions should contact their specific school’s registrar.
For all other general questions, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at

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