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194 receive degrees at Union’s summer commencement

Bradley Davis Shamblin shows off his Master of Science in Nursing degree. Also pictured is Shamblin's wife Allison. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
Bradley Davis Shamblin shows off his Master of Science in Nursing degree. Also pictured is Shamblin's wife Allison. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)

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JACKSON, Tenn.July 27, 2013 – Nearly 200 students graduated from Union University July 27 during the summer commencement service of the 188th graduating class at West Jackson Baptist Church.

Union’s summer commencement ceremony largely consists of non-traditional and graduate students who have completed their work in such fields as organizational leadership, nursing, education, business administration, social work and theology and missions.

The 194 students who received degrees brought the total number of Union graduates for the 2012-2013 academic year to nearly 1,150 – one of the largest classes in Union’s history.

Union President David S. Dockery delivered the commencement address, dedicating it to Will Gray, a 2002 Union alumnus who died July 25 at age 33 after a battle with cancer. Gray became a Christian as a freshman at Union, and Dockery said that conversion transformed Gray’s life as a student, athlete, musician and artist.

“He’s one of the most creative persons I have ever met,” Dockery said. “For the last 15 years, his life has touched and influenced as many people as any Union graduate that we have ever known. Today we give thanks for the life and influence of Will Gray.”

In his address, Dockery challenged graduates to see their work not as a burden or something evil, but as a divinely ordained calling from God.

“It is our prayer that the education you have received from the hands of the Union University faculty has helped to shape your motivations and purposes – your values, so that they are different from those around you,” Dockery said.

“You leave this place to go into the marketplace not just to get a job, as important as that may be. You leave this place to make a difference for the cause of Christ in this world.”

 

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7/27/13 - JACKSON, Tenn. – July 27, 2013– Nearly 200 students graduated from Union University July 27, during the summer commencement service of the 188th graduating class at West Jackson Baptist Church.
7/27/13 - JACKSON, Tenn. – July 27, 2013– Nearly 200 students graduated from Union University July 27, during the summer commencement service of the 188th graduating class at West Jackson Baptist Church. - Morris Abernathy
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7/27/13 - Graduates and their families fill West Jackson Baptist Church during summer commencement.
7/27/13 - Graduates and their families fill West Jackson Baptist Church during summer commencement. - Morris Abernathy
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7/27/13 - Graduates stand for prayer during summer commencement services at West Jackson Baptist Church.
7/27/13 - Graduates stand for prayer during summer commencement services at West Jackson Baptist Church. - Morris Abernathy
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7/27/13 - David S. Dockery, president of the university, congratulates graduates as they receive their diplomas at the summer commencement services.
7/27/13 - David S. Dockery, president of the university, congratulates graduates as they receive their diplomas at the summer commencement services. - Morris Abernathy
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7/27/13 - Bryan Carrier, acting dean of students receives his doctoral hood at summer commencement services at West Jackson Baptist Church.
7/27/13 - Bryan Carrier, acting dean of students receives his doctoral hood at summer commencement services at West Jackson Baptist Church. - Morris Abernathy
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7/27/13 - JACKSON, Tenn. – July 27, 2013– Nearly 200 students graduated from Union University July 26 during the summer commencement service of the 188th graduating class at West Jackson Baptist Church.   Family and friends  stand and clap for their graduates.
7/27/13 - JACKSON, Tenn. – July 27, 2013– Nearly 200 students graduated from Union University July 26 during the summer commencement service of the 188th graduating class at West Jackson Baptist Church. Family and friends stand and clap for their graduates. - Morris Abernathy
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7/27/13 - JACKSON, Tenn. – July 27, 2013– Nearly 200 students graduated from Union University July 26 during the summer commencement service of the 188th graduating class at West Jackson Baptist Church.  Master of Education Grads Michele Rogers, Jason Bennett and Melissa Johnson pose for a photo after Union summer commencement service.
7/27/13 - JACKSON, Tenn. – July 27, 2013– Nearly 200 students graduated from Union University July 26 during the summer commencement service of the 188th graduating class at West Jackson Baptist Church. Master of Education Grads Michele Rogers, Jason Bennett and Melissa Johnson pose for a photo after Union summer commencement service. - Morris Abernathy
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7/27/13 - JACKSON, Tenn. – July 27, 2013– Nearly 200 students graduated from Union University July 27, during the summer commencement service of the 188th graduating class at West Jackson Baptist Church.  Graduates and family leave West Jackson Baptist church after the summer commencement service.
7/27/13 - JACKSON, Tenn. – July 27, 2013– Nearly 200 students graduated from Union University July 27, during the summer commencement service of the 188th graduating class at West Jackson Baptist Church. Graduates and family leave West Jackson Baptist church after the summer commencement service. - Morris Abernathy

Media contact: Mark Kahler, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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