May 25, 2012 For Immediate Release
SOMERSET, Ky. – “Each leader builds upon the success of the former. None of you come to where you are without the support and help of others,” Dr. Keith Spears, vice president for regional and professional education, said to Campbellsville University’s Somerset graduates at a celebration in honor of their commencement.By Joan C. McKinney, news and publication coordinator
Spears, who was the keynote speaker at the recent event, asked the graduates several questions involving how their lives were involving trust, loyalty, helpfulness, friendliness, courteousness, kindness, obedience, cheerfulness, bravery, cleanliness and trustworthiness.
“You are a product of Christian roots and a Christ-centered education,” Spears told the graduates. He urged the graduates to be kind to each other, to be tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
He told them to guard the integrity of Campbellsville University and to be active alumni.
|Senior pastor of Beacon Hill Baptist Church Dr. John
Mark Toby, right, talks with Dr. Keith Spears, vice
president for regional and professional education,
speaker for the Campbellsville University-Somerset
graduates’ commencement celebration held at
Harold Rogers Student Commons at Somerset
Community College. (Campbellsville University
Photo by Joan C. McKinney)
Dr. John Mark Toby, senior pastor of Beacon Hill Baptist Church in Somerset, told the graduates to be “champions for Christ” in his invocation. He said he was grateful to CU for their education and urged them to focus on their future.
Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, said each of the graduates was prepared to make a difference in the world. He said their graduation was a “milestone” in their lives and he was proud of them.
He said, as you reflect on the next stage of your life, keep Christ first and foremost.
“This night is for you,” he said. “Congratulations, and may God bless you.”
He said Campbellsville University and Somerset Community College, where the classes are held, have a great relationship.
Dr. Jackie Sandifer, professor of criminal justice, is retiring and was honored with a gift from her faculty. Mary Lou Stephens, assistant professor of social work, was also presented with a gift.
The students were also recognized for having raise $700 for March of Dimes and $3,000 for Potentials Inc., a crisis shelter in Somerset, according to Cindy Dishman, admissions counselor for Somerset.
Sara Tucker, conference center coordinator at SCC, was also honored for dedication in the working relationship between Campbellsville University and Somerset Community College.
|George Kargas and his daughter, Sarabeth Kargas, talk with Dr. Frank
Cheatham, vice president for academic affairs, before the ceremony
began at Somerset. Kargas’ wife, Amanda, received a bachelor of social
work degree. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney)
The 2012 Somerset graduates include: Kristi Leana King of Ferguson, Ky., bachelor of science in criminal justice administration; DeShay Danielle Dishman of Monticello, Ky., bachelor of science in early childhood education;
Ginger Renee Gibson of Ferguson, Ky., Christine Joy Simpson Head, Amanda Kristen Kargas and Mary Amanda Hislope, all of Somerset, all bachelor of social work degrees.
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.