LMU Confers the Degrees of Over 500
Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) President Clayton Hess conferred the degrees of 563 recipients during two commencement ceremonies on Saturday in Tex Turner Arena. The University split its annual spring Commencement Ceremony due to an increased number of graduates and to allow for more social distancing to continue to combat the pandemic.
Three hundred and fifty-four undergraduate degree candidates had degrees conferred upon them during the morning ceremony including 141 receiving Associate of Science degrees, 16 receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees, 23 receiving Bachelor of Business Administration degrees and 174 receiving Bachelor of Science degrees.
Two hundred and nine graduate, specialist and professional degree candidates had degrees conferred during the afternoon ceremony including 54 earning a Master of Business Administration, four earning a Master of Science in Criminal Justice, nine receiving a Master of Education, one Master of Public Administration recipient, 36 receiving a Master of Science in Nursing, three receiving an Educational Specialist degree and 10 earning a Doctorate of Education degree.
LMU President Emeritus B. James Dawson gave the commencement address. “Make no mistake the degree you receive today will provide for you employment opportunities in the future, and you will enjoy a life filled with satisfaction; but you will also have the freedom to do more of what truly motivates you,” Dawson told the Class of 2021. “It is my belief that the experiences you have enjoyed here will provide direction for you to create a positive response to the times when things do not go the way you would hope.”
One hundred and eleven of the undergraduate degree recipients graduated with honors including 22 Summa Cum Laude, 38 Magna Cum Laude and 71 Cum Laude. Giselle Nasrene Ghabussi, of Tazewell, Tennessee, a Bachelor of Science in chemistry degree recipient graduated as the valedictorian while Arthur Joseph Risavy, of Edwardsville, Illinois, a Bachelor of Business Administration in management degree recipient earned salutatorian honors.
LMU will hold four more commencement ceremonies in the month of May. By the end of the month the University will have minted 977 new alumni with degrees ranging from Associate of Science to PhDs. LMU will celebrate the graduates of the LMU-Caylor School of Nursing’s LMU-Tampa site on Tuesday, May 11, the graduates of the LMU Duncan School of Law on Thursday, May 13, the graduates of the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine on Saturday, May 15 and the graduates of the LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine on Saturday, May 22.
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or email at [email protected].