Rachel Murphy

Mars Hill Presents Graduate Diplomas

For the very first time in its history, Mars Hill College conferred graduate degrees on 12 of the 152 students who graduated Saturday morning, May 11, in Moore Auditorium.
The twelve individuals who made up the first cohort of graduate students at Mars Hill College received the degree of Master of Education (M.Ed.) in elementary education.  Another 140 students received baccalaureate degrees, with the top three majors being business, social work and education.
In addition, Mars Hill presented an honorary doctorate of humane letters to the family of Emmett Sams, professor emeritus of mathematics.  Sams, who taught mathematics at Mars Hill College for 46 years (1947 – 1993), passed away on April 2, 2013.
His daughters, Rebecca Sams Ellis and Paula Sams Manning, accepted the degree on their father’s behalf at a memorial service on the campus May 6.
Dr. Michael Blackwell, President and CEO of Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, was the keynote speaker for the graduation.  Blackwell told the graduates that commencement exercises mark the commencement of “a splendid and largely unknown journey that will take you to places and experiences about which you could have never dreamed.”
Blackwell referenced the biblical Mars Hill in Acts 17 to encourage the graduates to “never fail to astonish.”  When the Apostle Paul famously defended the Christian faith from center of philosophical, religious and intellectual debate he did so with a “secret ingredient that so few people discover in life…That ingredient is passion.”
Passion, according to Blackwell, astonished the elites of Paul’s day, and it will astonish the cynics of our day.
“In your journey, be on the lookout for God's great surprises in your life,” Blackwell said.  “Know when God is tapping you on the shoulder.” 
Failing to seize the opportunities of life will lead to regrets.  “Too many people go to their graves with their music still inside them and their poetry unwritten,” Blackwell said.
“Constantly ask yourself, ‘What did I do to make life better?’”  Hear your music before the song is over!”
Student speakers for the graduation were Corrine Roberts and Michael Mace.  Roberts is an English major from Frederica, DE and Mace is business management major in the Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) program from Weaverville, NC. 
The invocation was given by Margaret Redford, an athletic training major from Chatham, VA.  Andrew Hebert, a music major from Kannapolis, NC, sang "Stars" from Les Miserables and Laurie Trivette, a music education major from Yadkinville, NC, sang "Laurie's Song" from The Tender Land.

 Audrey Tipton

Cletus J Tate , Walnut Ridge AR
Amanda Taylor Bugg , San Diego CA
Corrine   Roberts , Frederica DE
Katie Louise DeWitt , Cocoa FL
Stephanie Therese Bunnett , Naples FL
Michael Andrew Robinson , Naples FL
Blasher   Saint Vil , Orlando FL
Megan Christine Bartlett , Tallahassee FL
Steven Bruce Bryan , Winter Haven FL
Katie Joanna Buckner , Canton GA
Rachael Anne Rogers , Clayton GA
Anna Marie Richt , Danielsville GA
Stephen James Bivens , Douglasville GA
Shannon Rachel Totman , Griffin GA
Mam   Nyang , Lithonia GA
Jonathan   Richt , Watkinsville GA
Kyle Nathanial Moore , Mount Airy MD
David Jonathan Thompson , Owings Mills MD
Rebecca Anne Symons , New Era MI
Felicia Ann Huffman , Alexander NC
Jessica Renee Morrow , Alexander NC
Toni Marie Lepanto , Arden NC
Caryn Bria Monroe , Arden NC
Jennifer Lee Ammons , Asheville NC
Kaleigh Johnt'e Balken , Asheville NC
Wendy R. Benjamin , Asheville NC
January Naomi Moniqu Carter , Asheville NC
Jason M. Edney , Asheville NC
Ashley Nicole McCurry , Asheville NC
Kristen M. Metcalf , Asheville NC
Fletcher Graham Peacock , Asheville NC
Hannah Kathryn Proctor , Asheville NC
Sara Elisabeth Randolph , Asheville NC
Brenda Machelle Stallings , Asheville NC
Olivia Maryann Styron , Asheville NC
William MacQueen Thomas , Asheville NC
Kevin Andrew Young , Asheville NC
Tabitha S. Young , Asheville NC
Meredith Whitney Bullman , Barnardsville NC
Lizbeth   Romero , Blackburn NC
Heather Lynn Huckabee , Bostic NC
Chesnea L. Stansbury , Brevard NC
Tyler Douglas Shuler , Bryson City NC
William Patrick Henson , Burnsville NC
Donald Lee Neal , Burnsville NC
Eric Stephen Schiffhauer , Burnsville NC
Melissa Deyton Whitson , Burnsville NC
Jordon Sierra Crawford , Candler NC
Tina Marie Kibbe , Candler NC
Rebecca Dawn Smith , Candler NC
Jason Michael Willoughby , Candler NC
Tracy DeHart Wise , Candler NC
Marvis Frederick Walker , Chapel Hill NC
Shana Brooke Bolton , Charlotte NC
Cameron Adam Witherspoon , Claremont NC
Zachary Adam High , Columbus NC
Kristen M. Landers , E Flat Rock NC
Johnathon Carl Faircloth , Erwin NC
James Clinton Dillingham , Fletcher NC
Chelsea   Baldwin , Gastonia NC
Jessica May McLean , Granite Falls NC
Carrie Hope-Leigh Hughes , Green Mountain NC
Ashley Lynn Caudle , Hendersonville NC
Jessica Leigh Harris , Hendersonville NC
Roberta   Lott , Hendersonville NC
Rebekah F. Musselwhite , Hendersonville NC
Laura Marie Rice , Hendersonville NC
Hillary Katherine Modlin , Hickory NC
Robert Michael Purus , Hudson NC
Adam Charles Mincey , Hurdle Mills NC
Andrew Michael Hebert , Kannapolis NC
Shelley R. Higgins , Leicester NC
Sarah Elizabeth Wilson , Lewisville NC
William Allen DeDios , Maiden NC
Katherine Terrell Mace , Marion NC
Joel W. Dempsey , Mars Hill NC
Hyrum L. Hoecherl , Mars Hill NC
Dana Michelle Holcombe , Mars Hill NC
Kenneth Greg Parks , Mars Hill NC
Aaron Frost Rapp , Mars Hill NC
Victor James Sloan , Mars Hill NC
BJ Kinnaird Tankersley , Mars Hill NC
Katie Breanne Terry , Mars Hill NC
Kimberly Edwards Bishop , Marshall NC
Christy Lynne Robinson , Marshall NC
Taylor Alaine Morris , Matthews NC
Wilma R. Gilbert , Mills River NC
Deanna Michelle Chatham , Mooresville NC
Jeffrey Lewis March II , Morganton NC
Heather Nicole Lane , Mount Airy NC
Miranda Lee Carballo , Murphy NC
Rebecca Jean Johnson , Newland NC
Viola Nicole Bolick , Old Fort NC
James Zachary Allender , Pisgah Forest NC
William Donald Bomar , Spruce Pine NC
Eric Lynn Blackburn , State Road NC
Trevor Lee Greer , Statesville NC
Jason William Fox , Swannanoa NC
Aime Mitchell Cuellar , Taylorsville NC
Audley Merritt Elder IV , Waynesville NC
Reba Marie West , Waynesville NC
Michele Dawn Dunnavant , Weaverville NC
Susan Lee Engstrom , Weaverville NC
David Brody Gibson , Weaverville NC
Michael Wayne Mace , Weaverville NC
Sarah Grace McCoy , Weaverville NC
Samuel Jesse Mimken , Weaverville NC
Linda Metcalf Ray , Weaverville NC
Crystal Sams Reece , Weaverville NC
Nicole Marie Rice , Weaverville NC
Miranda Shilelagh Schmidt , Weaverville NC
Anne Marie Edwards Toler , Weaverville NC
Brandon Karl Howell , Winston-Salem NC
Laurie Christian Trivette , Yadkinville NC
Kourtney Lindsay Morgan , Zirconia NC
Jonathan Edward Thomas , Zirconia NC
Christopher Nicholas Platt , Canton NY
Danielle Lyn Metz , Commack NY
Joshua Charles Greenfield-Tuttle , Rochester NY
Tyler Lee Wilcox , York PA
Jill Nicole Biediger , Greenville SC
Cara Danielle Woolford , Greer SC
John Robert Hereford II , Kingsport TN
Jonathan Coty Pate , Knoxville TN
Timothy Kile Garrett, Jr. , Nashville TN
Logan Robert McGiboney , Heath TX
Christian Gabariel Díaz , Mansfield TX
Joshua Ryan Dean , Nederland TX
Cody Eugene Langley , White Oak TX
Margaret Catherine Redford , Chatham VA
Erica A. Warren , Danville VA
Chelsea Elizabeth Parker , Richmond VA
Hallie Cathryn Barry , Charleston WV
Stephanie Michele McGrath , inwood WV
Skyler Vondean Assif , Morgantown WV
Lucas Loersch Simm , Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
Mark Alexander Burnett , Pickering, Ontario Canada
Christopher Adam Scott Cudmore , Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Andres Jose Diaz Hardwicke , Santiago, Chili
Khouraichi Abdoulaye Thiam , Dakar, Senegal
Donald  Schiffhauer,  Alexander NC
Kimberly Lyda Skipper,  Arden NC
Eve Wolfe Bridger,  Asheville NC
Amy  Lynn Pagels-Masterman,  Bakersville NC
Barbara Long Ruehl,  Barnardsville NC
Terri Bailey Covington,  Black Mountain NC
Rachel Buchanan Murphy,  Burnsville NC
Damien  Gary,  Charlotte NC
Tiffany Michelle Golding,  Dobson NC
Audrey Wilson Tipton,  Green Mountain NC
Tara R. White,  Leicester NC
Lisa  McGraw Coomer,  Marshall NC

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