BC's 2011 Spring Commencement
The upcoming spring commencement is met with bittersweet feelings.
May 2, 2011
Most people may think of Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” when they think of graduating, but for most of BC’s seniors, this year’s commencement will be bittersweet.
“I have been waiting so long for this moment, but now I can’t believe it’s finally here,” said Brittany Garton, a senior from Gordonsville, Va. “I don’t feel like I’ve done enough work to earn a bachelor’s degree.”
One hundred twenty-two seniors will accept diplomas during the school’s 88th Annual Spring Commencement, this Saturday, May 7. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. in the Quad, overlooking the scenery of East River Mountain and Easley Library (where students spent numerous hours studying).
“I always wanted to graduate in the spring because the commencement ceremony is so beautiful,” said Samantha Sturgill, a senior from Chilhowie, Va. “You can see new beginnings blooming everywhere—for the flowers and for us.”
Also being presented at graduation will be the Wampler-Caudill Distinguished Faculty Award to a traditional faculty member and two Wampler-Caudill Distinguished Student Leadership Awards to a traditional student and to an adult student in the inSPIRE degree-completion program.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Dale Henry, a well-known author, educator, trainer, and speaker. Henry is the founder and president of Your Best Unlimited. He speaks to and trains more than 100,000 professionals and executives each year about achieving one’s personal best and reaching the highest level of individual and team excellence.
A onetime associate dean of professional and graduate studies at Tusculum College in Tennessee, Henry now serves as a consultant and leadership trainer for companies like Levi Strauss, AT&T, FedEx, Xerox, Sun Trust, and the Disney Company. He has been honored with numerous business and educational awards and has been featured on several television and radio talk shows around the world.
Some graduates are looking to the future and figuring out what they want to do.
“I’m moving back home and looking for a job in the art field,” said Stephanie Helbert, a senior from Wytheville, Va. “I am going to take a year off to work and to research graduate schools. I want to go to grad school in the Fall of 2012.”it feels unreal. i just finished my last exam today and it still hits me hard how i'm actually graduating. After i graduate, i'm going to leave in bluefield for a year until sarah graduates, and then both of us are going to texas to pursue a career in theatre. i want to start a christian drama team (like ransomed) and she wants to start a theatre for disabled childrenit feels unreal. i just finished my last exam today and it still hits me hard how i'm actually graduating. After i graduate, i'm going to leave in bluefield for a year until sarah graduates, and then both of us are going to texas to pursue a career in theatre. i want to start a christian drama team (like ransomed) and she wants to start a theatre for disabled children
“After I graduation, I am going to stay in Bluefield for a year until my fiancée Sarah (Shelton) graduates,” said James Young, a senior from Virginia Beach, Va. “Then both of us are going to pursue a career in theatre. I want to start a Christian drama team like Ransomed. She wants to start a theatre group for disabled children.”
“I plan on moving back home and becoming an event planner,” said Jennifer Bliss, a senior from Gainesville, Va. “Before that, the first thing I’m going to do is completely redecorate my room. I am going to use my graduation money to buy a new bed, and I want to pick up gardening again. But for the long term, I want to become an event planner.”
Other graduates are looking back on the good times they have had at BC.
“My favorite memory is the time everyone just hung out in the Quad,” said Tiana Wood, a senior from Richmond, Va. “It was full of people. People who had never even spoken to each other before were hanging out together.”
“I have had so many good memories here,” said Katie Warren, a senior from Princeton, W.Va. “I can’t even choose one because they all mean so much to me. I will never forget my time at Bluefield.”
“I loved spring formal this year,” said Karlee Steffey, a senior from Ridgeway, Va. “It was my favorite one, and everyone had such a good time. Everyone was laughing and dancing together, just having the best time.”
“Variations has become my family at Bluefield College,” said Brian Wikle, a senior from Princeton, W.Va. “The memories of going on the trips, seeing new places, doing what I love. Being a part of it will always be my favorite thing that I did here.”