125 Seniors Receive Diplomas
One hundred twenty-five Bluefield College seniors accepted diplomas, Saturday, May 3, during the school’s 92nd Annual Spring Commencement, which also featured the presentation of a Student Leadership Award, a Distinguished Faculty Award, and an Honorary Doctorate.

125 Seniors Receive Diplomas

By Chris Shoemaker | May 13, 2014 | RSS

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Graduating senior Megan Hardison (left), winner of Bluefield College’s 2014 Wampler-Caudill Student Leadership Award.
Dr. Shawn White (right), recipient of the 2014 Wampler-Caudill Distinguished Faculty Award.


Bluefield College President David Olive (left) presents an Honorary Doctorate to Garry Jones, president of Full Sail University.
Garry Jones, 1974 Bluefield College alumnus and president of Full Sail University, provides the keynote address for BC’s 92nd Annual Spring Commencement.


View dozens more photos from Spring Commencement.


Outside on the campus quad against the backdrop of the majestic East River Mountain, Bluefield College president Dr. David Olive and BC Board chair Dr. David Bailey welcomed family and friends to the celebratory event. Dr. Bailey encouraged the graduates to go out into the world and serve -- serve their community, their church and their alma mater. Dr. Olive challenged the seniors to be faithful to their calling.



“Graduates, today you turn the page of a chapter of your life that has ended, and you begin a new chapter,” he said. “We pray that as you leave here you do so with a sense of calling -- a calling to make a positive difference in the world. Much has been entrusted to you; much is expected of you.”


In addition to the conferring of 125 baccalaureate degrees, the graduation ceremony featured the presentation of a Wampler-Caudill Student Leadership Awards and a Wampler-Caudill Distinguished Faculty Award. Made possible by former BC professor Dr. Don Caudill in honor of his parents, Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill, the Leadership Awards recognize graduating seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence, Christian character and leadership, and a BC professor who exemplifies classroom excellence, Christian character and professional, community and church involvement.


Megan Hardison, a teacher education major from Yorktown, Virginia, earned the Student Leadership Award. In an essay application for the award, she spoke of the “spiritual support” she received at Bluefield College and the confidence she gained to be successful in the workforce. She also described the BC classroom as “a sanctuary for learning.”


Dr. Shawn White, assistant professor of Christian studies, received the Distinguished Faculty Award for his “energetic passion to serve God and to help students reach their fullest potential.” Dr. White joined the BC faculty in 2009 after eight years in pastoral ministry. In addition to teaching, he serves as the school’s director of spiritual formation and as a member of committees for Student Development, Presidential Scholars, Strategic Planning, and General Education.


Garry Jones, a 1974 Bluefield College alumnus and current president of Full Sail University in Florida, received an Honorary Doctorate degree during the Commencement program for his “significant contributions to higher education. During his tenure as president, Full Sail, one of the premier media arts colleges in the world, has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Graduate Schools for Game Design by The Princeton Review, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by UNleashed magazine. In addition, Full Sail was named the “College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, and in 2009, ITFlorida named Jones “IT Leader of the Year” for his commitment to furthering the advancement of technology through education.


“What an honor,” said Jones about the BC Honorary Doctorate. “Words cannot accurately tell you what this means to me. This is coming home for me to be back at Bluefield College, and to receive this award is a significant honor for me on so many different levels.”


A touring musician in the mid-1970s and later a recording engineer and record producer, Jones has been recognized by the Recording Institute of America for technical and creative contributions to recording projects that sold in excess of one million copies. Originally from Christiansburg, Virginia, he joined the Full Sail faculty in 1980 as a recording arts instructor. Since then, he has served as a course director, director of education, director of career development, vice president of admissions, and senior vice president, before becoming president in 1999. In addition to receiving an Honorary Doctorate during BC’s Commencement, Jones provided the keynote address.


“Pursue your dream, the thing that makes you feel good about yourself,” Jones told the graduates. “Don’t settle for anything less. Follow your dream, and don’t give up on what you really want to do in life.”


The 92nd Annual Spring Commencement also included special music by music professor Bryant Moxley and music students Caitlin Allen, Dreena Bivona, Alandra Blume, Ambert Koppler and Bryce Laxton; a scripture reading from theatre professor Rebecca McCoy-Reese; and the graduates’ induction into the BC Alumni Association led by alumni vice president Jennifer Mitchell.


Senior candidates graduating with First Honors included:
Amelia Charles, Hurley, Virginia
Beverlie Anne Connor, Roanoke, Virginia.


Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts Degree included:
Melissa V. Baines, Smyrna, Delaware
Alandra Leigh Blume, Forest Hill, West Virginia
Joy Michelle David, Portsmouth, Virginia
Kara Lea Georgiades, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Bobby Ray Hall, Jr., Bluefield, West Virginia
Megan Grace Hardison, Yorktown, Virginia
Jahlisa Ashliann Harvey, Pompano Beach, Florida
Allison Shae Lester, Bluefield, Virginia
Sarah Ann Mason, Lakewood, Ohio
Danielle Marie Preservati, Princeton, West Virginia
Brittany Hope Rhoton, Gate City, Virginia
Timothy John Clair Schuler, Stafford, Virginia
Joseph W. Whitt, Cedar Bluff, Virginia
Summer Leigh Wilding, Sandusky, Ohio.


Candidates for the Bachelor of Science Degree included:
Brittany Danielle Adams, Christiansburg, Virginia
Ashley Alley, Christiansburg, Virginia
Dericka Elita Anderson, Goochland, Virginia
Jasmine Ceann-Jordan Armentrout, Haymarket, Virginia
Foster Coleman Ashley, Sterling, Virginia
Angela Dawn Baker, Christiansburg, Virginia
Veronica LauTonya Barnette, Chester, Virginia
Alice L. Berry, Troutville, Virginia
April Berry, Richmond, Virginia
Tara Kate Berry, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Rebecca Bevins, Pikeville, Kentucky
Dreena Marie Bivona, Keswick, Virginia
Robert Boden, Nathalie, Virginia
Cynthia R. Boone, Emporia, Virginia
Angela Alexander Boscan, Christiansburg, Virginia
Lindsey Grace Boyer, Christiansburg, Virginia
Zachari Aleksandr Breland, Laguna Niguel, California
Laura A. Carter, Bedford, Virginia
Nancy A. Castellon, Richmond, Virginia
Charmain Tamara Christian, Beckley, West Virginia
Becky Anne Christley, Roanoke, Virginia
Jasmine-Angelika M. Coaker-Brown, Nottoway, Virginia
Eric Shawn Conley, Narrows, Virginia
Benjamin L. Cook, Vinton, Virginia
Justin Jackson Cook, Draper, Virginia
Kiah Benjamin Cooper, Ridgeway, Virginia
Natasha Lynette Corell, Tazewell, Virginia
Shannon Doraine Coschia, Roanoke, Virginia
Margaret Francesca Craig, Stafford, Virginia
Nakisha L. Crisp, Washington, D.C.
Theodore B. Hayne Darby, III, Glade Spring, Virginia
Kacey Eugenia Davis, Staunton, Virginia
Joby Rawlins Dearing, Albany, Georgia
Kalyn B. Dolan, Gladys, Virginia
Alexander Victorovich Dove, Richmond, Virginia
Mark E. Dunn, Richmond, Virginia
Tasha Elmore-Faulkner, Alton, Virginia
Joy Rachel Fine-Reynolds, Hillsville, Virginia
Joshua Caleb Frye, Glade Spring, Virginia
Adam T. Garland, Litchfield, Maine
Kara Lea Georgiades, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Casey Germain, Botetourt, Virginia
Concetta Nicole Hancock, Hillsville, Virginia
Michael W. Harvey, Hinton, West Virginia
Cicely M. Havens, Bland, Virginia
Matthew White Hayes, Dinwiddie, Virginia
Amanda J. Heller, Chesapeake, Virginia
Raymond M. Hellman, II, Chesapeake, Virginia
Myrtle Gaines Henderson, Henrico, Virginia
Melanie Blair Hollis, Gloucester, Virginia
Carter Taylor Hughes, Atlanta, Georgia
Joseph R. Jennings, Fredericksburg, Virginia
John S. Johnson, Richlands, Virginia
Ella Washington Jordan, Charlottesville, Virginia
Derek W. Kitts, Christiansburg, Virginia
Amber Chandelle Koppler, Princeton, West Virginia
Tia LaShawn Lanon, Savannah, Georgia
Brenda L. Lawson-Green, Dublin, Virginia
Bryce Daniel Laxton, Reston, Virginia
Brian Terrell Lee, Forest, Virginia
Andrea Nicole Lyles, Marion, Virginia
Steven Andrew Mahood, Bluefield, Virginia
Shannon Marshall, Midlothian, Virginia
Lioudmila A. Maslova, Fredricksburg, Virginia
Amanda L. McCormic, Powhatan, Virginia
Kourtney McGrady, China Grove, North Carolina
Tequila Octavia McNeal, Columbia, South Carolina
Neil E. Miller, Riner, Virginia
Sandra B. Monroe, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Ashley Patricia Moreno, Las Vegas, Nevada
Jane M. Nervo, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Teresa Ann Nester, Woodlawn, Virginia
Adam Nicolas Nunn, Mechanicsville, Virginia
Maximilian O’Saben, Jr., Fredericksburg, Virginia
Sharon Vernon Pandolfini, Vinton, Virginia
Yatrik Patel, Tazewell, Virginia
Cortney Noele Pattison, Radford, Virginia
Teresa Terry Pennington, Chilhowie, Virginia
Alleen Jasmine Perkins, Dinwiddie, Virginia
Kenssy Quezada, New York, New York
John Lance Ratliff, Grundy, Virginia
Kayla Renea’ Richardson, Wren, Ohio
Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Suffolk, Virginia
Bryan Matthew Rutherford, Alexandria, Virginia
Eppie James Saunders, Wytheville, Virginia
Janice Marie Shank, Saline, Michigan
Anne C. Sheppard, Blacksburg, Virginia
Janee’ Simmons, Orangeburg, South Carolina
Kristen Slade, North Tazewell, Virginia
Ursula Hopper Smith, Midlothian, Virginia
Teresa H. Snavely, Blacksburg, Virginia
Whitney Nicole Sparks, Covington, Virginia
Kimberly Rutledge Spradlin, Vinton, Virginia
Nikolaos Stathopoulos, Athens, Greece
Tammy Wynette Taylor, Richmond, Virginia
Grant Adam Thomas, Los Angeles, California
Michele L. Thompson, Wytheville, Virginia
Nicole Totten, Danville, Virginia
Heather Michelle Turner, North Tazewell, Virginia
David Matthew Vass, Hillsville, Virginia
Marcella Lynn Wellman, Bland, Virginia
Kristan Conley Welton, Narrows, Virginia
Ashley Nicole White, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Summer Leigh Wilding, Sandusky, Ohio
Jennifer Denise Williams, Bluefield, West Virginia
Jeremy Madison Williams, Christiansburg, Virginia
Dustin Yates Wingate, Winston Salem, North Carolina
Robert Phillip Woolverton, Bothell, Washington
Ronald Lee Worrell, Draper, Virginia.




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