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Graduation concludes record year at Union University

Charles Fowler delivers the commencement address at the July 31 graduation ceremony. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
Charles Fowler delivers the commencement address at the July 31 graduation ceremony. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)

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JACKSON, Tenn.July 31, 2010 – Two hundred fifty-six students graduated from Union University July 31 during the summer commencement service of the 185th graduating class on the university’s Great Lawn.

The day was the culmination of what Union University President David S. Dockery called a “record-setting year in every way” on the Union campus.

The 256 graduates brought the total number of Union graduates for the 2009-2010 academic year to more than 1,100 – the largest graduating class in Union’s history. The year also featured record enrollment of more than 4,000, top recognitions for the university in various publications and dedications of the Bowld Student Commons and the Smith Soccer Complex.

“It’s been a terrific year,” Dockery said. “Truly we can say, ‘O give thanks to the Lord,’ for his blessings and favor have rested upon Union University.”

The July 31 ceremony featured the graduation of the first education students from Union University Hendersonville, and also marked the departure of Charles Fowler, Union’s senior vice president for church relations, who has been called as senior pastor of Germantown Baptist Church.

Fowler delivered the commencement address and challenged students to be faithful stewards of what God has given them, and to please their master in the management of their resources.

“Don’t spend your life simply chasing returns,” Fowler said. “Spend it pursuing God and trusting him to provide opportunities for service.”

Prior to his address, Dockery recognized Fowler, who was inducted as a fellow into the R.G. Lee Society at Union. R.G. Lee was the longtime pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis.

“We pray that your ministry would be characterized by the same biblical faithful and doctrinal fidelity as that of Dr. R.G. Lee,” Dockery told Fowler.

 

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7/31/10 - A view from above the Great Lawn during Union's summer graduation, the first ever summer commencement to be held on the Great Lawn.
7/31/10 - A view from above the Great Lawn during Union's summer graduation, the first ever summer commencement to be held on the Great Lawn. - Jim Veneman
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7/31/10 - The view of summer graduation from White Hall.
7/31/10 - The view of summer graduation from White Hall. - Jim Veneman
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7/31/10 - Over 250 graduates received degrees at summer graduation on Saturday.
7/31/10 - Over 250 graduates received degrees at summer graduation on Saturday. - Jim Veneman
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7/31/10 - Over 1000 bottles of ice water were handed out to graduates and family at this year's summer graduation, held on the Great Lawn.
7/31/10 - Over 1000 bottles of ice water were handed out to graduates and family at this year's summer graduation, held on the Great Lawn. - Morris Abernathy
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7/31/10 - Graduates reach for cold bottles of water to beat the heat at summer graduation.
7/31/10 - Graduates reach for cold bottles of water to beat the heat at summer graduation. - Morris Abernathy
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7/31/10 - Graduates make their way to their seats for summer graduation on the Great Lawn.
7/31/10 - Graduates make their way to their seats for summer graduation on the Great Lawn. - Morris Abernathy
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7/31/10 - Guest, graduates, faculty and family gather on the Great Lawn for summer graduation.
7/31/10 - Guest, graduates, faculty and family gather on the Great Lawn for summer graduation. - Morris Abernathy
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7/31/10 - Dr. David S. Dockery greets friends and family at the 185th graduation ceremony.
7/31/10 - Dr. David S. Dockery greets friends and family at the 185th graduation ceremony. - Morris Abernathy
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7/31/10 - Dr. Dockery is joined by Dr. Carla D. Sanderson and Dr. Charles  A. Fowler at the summer commencement service.
7/31/10 - Dr. Dockery is joined by Dr. Carla D. Sanderson and Dr. Charles A. Fowler at the summer commencement service. - Morris Abernathy

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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