As the chimes of Lyon Chapel rang across campus, University of Mobile (UM) awarded diplomas to 100 graduates during commencement ceremonies Dec. 16, 2017.
More than 1,200 family and friends gathered in front of Weaver Hall on the Dr. Fred and Sue Lackey Great Commission Lawn to celebrate the accomplishments of those receiving master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees.
Alabama State Rep. Rusty Glover delivered the commencement address, urging graduates to exhibit a strong work ethic and to share their faith.
“You are so blessed, and there is so much you can offer the world. The best gift you can give is to share the love of Jesus Christ through your testimony,” said Glover, a retired history teacher and author who has represented the 34th District in the Alabama Senate since 2006.
UM President Dr. Timothy L. Smith presented diplomas and congratulated the new graduates. Jane Finley, a retiring professor in the School of Business, carried the ceremonial mace at the head of the procession of faculty and graduates.
During the recessional, graduates carried on the university’s Great Commission Tradition, touching the granite Great Commission Globe as they passed. The action signifies their readiness to enter the world and fulfill their professional calling. It is a two-part tradition that begins for new students during President’s Commissioning, when they touch the globe as they start their college journey.
J.R. Krivsky was among the graduates. He earned a bachelor’s degree in worship leadership and will move to Texas for a position as associate worship pastor at North Richland Hills Baptist Church near Fort Worth. Krivsky said the practical experiences offered at UM prepared him for his new role.
“I’m able to do what I feel called to do,” he said. “I can focus on leading people in worship.” (UM)