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May 3, 2013

Martin Methodist to give degrees to 178 students

— PULASKI, Tenn. – The Class of 2013 at Martin Methodist College will celebrate Commencement activities on May 3-4, with 178 students receiving degrees, the largest graduation ceremony in the school’s 143 years.

The graduation ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at Grissom Gazebo on the Campus Green. (In the event of bad weather, the event will be held in the Curry Christian Life Center.)

The college will bestow 96 Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees, 50 Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degrees, 30 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degrees and 14 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees. There will also be three individuals receiving Associate of Arts (A.A.) degrees. A number of the class members are receiving degrees in more than one major, and several are receiving two separate degrees.

Among the graduates are 58 students from Giles County.

Commencement weekend activities will begin at 2 p.m. today in Martin Hall Auditorium with the Nursing Pinning Ceremony, in which the 13 B.S.N. degree candidates and the 17 B.S.N., RN-BSN degree candidates will be recognized. That marks the largest group of nursing graduates since that degree program began six years ago.

The Baccalaureate Service will begin at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Pulaski with the Rev. Harriet Bryan, pastor of Salem United Methodist Church in Clarksville, Tenn., and a native of Giles County, delivering the sermon. During the “Remembering the Saints” portion of the service, a list of Martin Methodist College alumni who have passed away in the past year will be read.

The evening will conclude with the annual Jubilee Dinner, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Curry Christian Life Center, in which the special guests of honor include the Class of 2013, the Classes of 1963 (celebrating its 50th anniversary) and 1953 (celebrating its 60th), and the President’s Society (donors who have given at least $1,000 to the college in the past year).

Two alumni will be honored during the Jubilee Dinner. Jerry W. Burlison, a 1970 graduate from Centerville, Tenn., will be inducted by the college’s Alumni Council into the Martin Methodist College Hall of Distinction, and Charlie C. Pope, a 1995 graduate and a resident of Normandy, Tenn., will receive the Servant Leadership Award from the college’s Cal Turner, Jr. Center for Church Leadership.


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