JACKSON, Tenn. – Dec. 18, 2001 – Graduation is a time of celebration, of gowns and mortar boards, of family and friends all coming together to honor individuals who have completed the goal of higher education. More than 200 graduating seniors from both the Jackson and Germantown campuses took part in commencement exercises held Saturday, Dec. 15 in the G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel. The chapel literally overflowed with family members all wanting to take part in their loved one’s big day, with university administrators estimating 10 guests for each graduate, instead of the 6-8 that were expected.
Jenifer Williams, a graduate in music education from Murfreesboro, Tenn., was looking forward to starting a new chapter in her life, but admitted she would miss Union.
Eric Botbyl, a graduate with a bachelor’s in art from Medford, N.J., said he treasures the relationships he has with the art professors. Botbyl, who will join the art department as a shop technician starting in January, described the faculty as “dads you don’t live with.”
During commencement, Emily Yarbro of Finley, Tenn., was awarded the highest academic achievement award, completing her Union undergraduate education with a perfect 4.0 gpa.
“I’m very humbled to receive this award,” Jett said. “I knew Dr. Craig and knew him well – if anyone exemplified servant leadership it was he. Union has given me much more to me and my family then I could ever possibly return. I’m very thankful for Union because it truly represents the best of Christian higher education.”
Sara B. Horn,