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Tennessee Wesleyan University to host Spring Commencement activities

Tennessee Wesleyan University will host a variety of commencement activities this week, concluding with the 162 Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 4 at 9 a.m.

Events begin Thursday with the nursing pinning ceremony and blessing of hands in Knoxville. Here, faculty present graduating students with their nursing pin – officially welcoming them into the nursing profession. The pinning ceremony is held at Cokesbury United Methodist Church at 7 p.m.

Graduating seniors will gather with their classmates, faculty and staff for the annual Senior Brunch on Friday morning. The Last Lecture will be provided by Dr. Stacy Swafford, Assistant Professor and Chair of Goodfriend School of Business. As tradition calls, Dr. Swafford was selected by the senior class to provide on final lecture as they head out to the world.

TWU Baccalaureate Ceremony will be held in Townsend Auditorium Friday at 7 p.m. This event includes the lighting of the candles, symbolizing the passing of truth and knowledge from faculty to graduates. The Baccalaureate speaker is Rev., Dr. Alex Thompson, pastor of Sand Mountain and Wildwood United Methodist Church and TWU adjunct professor.

For the first time, Commencement will be held on the lawn in front of Colloms Campus Center at the Athens campus. Degrees conferred include Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Business Administration. TWU is pleased to welcome Athens native, Whitney Kimball Coe is Director of National Programs for the Center for Rural to campus as the 2019 commencement speaker.

Whitney also serves as coordinator of the Rural Assembly; a rural movement made up of activities and partnerships geared toward building better policy and more opportunity across the country. Whitney began working with the Center as a consultant to the Community Philanthropy Initiative and now focuses on national strategies for strengthening and amplifying the work of rural advocates and stakeholders. Over the years, Whitney has built partnerships with national public-interest organizations, funders and grassroots organizers in ways that have informed public policy and private investment in rural people and places.

In the case of bad weather, the commencement ceremony will be held at McMinn County High School.

Join us in congratulating the 2019 graduating class of Tennessee Wesleyan University.