India Ellis, a graduate from Spruce Pine, NC, prepares to lead the invocation at Mars Hill University Saturday morning.

125 Graduate from Mars Hill University



“Everybody doesn’t have eyes to see; I want you to really see,” said Rev. Dr. Dixon Free, who gave the keynote address at Mars Hill University’s graduation on Saturday morning.
 
Free, former pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincolnton, North Carolina and current chair of the MHU Board of Trustees, told the graduates that taking the journey of life with eyes wide open would allow them to see and experience the fingerprints of God in the world around them.
 
Having eyes to see, he said, would also awaken them to the needs of others.
 
“This world is about more than just you and me,” he said. All around us are people who may be at a point of sickness, pain or dying, he said.
 
“They need you to see them, and not just pass by,” he said. “And when you see them, take the time and energy to minister to them.”
 
Free also called on the graduates to remember that all their decisions – whether moral, ethical or spiritual - ultimately would determine the direction of their lives.  
 
On Saturday morning, Mars Hill University conferred bachelor’s degrees on 119 graduates, and master’s degrees on 6 graduates. The most popular major groups for the undergraduates were education (elementary, middle grades, integrated, special education, music education, physical education etc.); business (business administration and business management) and social work.
 
Ebony Simpson, an art major from Wingate, NC was the traditional age student speaker for the graduation. The adult and graduate studies (AGS) student speaker was Nathan Rice, a social work major from Asheville, NC. The invocation was given by India Ellis, a business administration major from Spruce Pine, NC.
 
Seniors Carter Benge and Brett Pardue performed “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from The Sound of Music. Benge is a computer science and music major from Fayetteville, NC and Pardue is a music performance major from Elkin, NC.
Mars Hill University is a premier private, liberal arts institution offering over 30 baccalaureate degrees and one graduate degree in elementary education. Founded in 1856 by Baptist families of the region, the campus is located just 20 minutes north of Asheville in the mountains of western North Carolina.www.mhc.edu  .
May, 2014 Graduates from Mars Hill University, in order by hometown
 
Masters Degree
 
Laura Mary Marsden, Asheville NC
Cara Pollard, Asheville NC
Lisa Ann Reagan, Candler NC
Julia Nicole Hoyle, Charlotte NC
Lisa Hunter Burlison, Marshall NC
Kellie Hoyle Chapman, Spruce Pine NC
 
Bachelor’s Degree
 
James Hudson Tucker, Brookwood AL
Amanda N. Westbrook, Cato AR
Lamarcus Jamel Thicklin, Clewiston FL
Aimee Caroline DeWitt, Cocoa FL
Erin Cregan, Inverness FL
Melissa Rae Stuckie, Saint Cloud FL
Troy   Harris, Winter Park FL
Travis Bernell Riner, Augusta GA
Meghan Kendall Jenish, Berkeley Lake GA
Jenna Lee Towler, Loganville GA
Marvin Elliot James, Macon GA
Ariail Heath Hammond, Savannah GA
Christine Maire McGee, Yarmouth MA
Leah M. Taylor, Baltimore MD
Phillip C. Dabney, Rockville MD
Michael Henry Lance, Arden NC
Jacob Hayes Ashley, Asheboro NC
Richard Donald DeBlasio, Asheville NC
Charles B. Edwards, Asheville NC
Hayley Erin Elliott, Asheville NC
Sharon Denise Farmer, Asheville NC
Ashley Delores Garner, Asheville NC
Ashley Marie Howell, Asheville NC
Sarah M. Kitchen, Asheville NC
Melanie Elizabeth Kool, Asheville NC
Brooke D. Maloy, Asheville NC
Linzi Sauls Page, Asheville NC
Nathan H. Rice, Asheville NC
Shana Noell Roberts, Asheville NC
Lacey Jae Grindstaff, Bakersville NC
Christina M. Dalamangas, Belmont NC
LaToya Shontise Whitesides, Brevard NC
Justin W. Frady, Brevard NC
Melanie Grace Morton, Burgaw NC
Emily Suzanne Allen, Burnsville NC
James Joseph Thomas, Burnsville NC
Jamie Nicole Hockaday, Butner NC
Geoffrey   Lance, Canton NC
Stephanie Mashall Sherrill, Catawba NC
Joseph Evan Lancaster, Charlotte NC
Joshua Mark Patterson, Cherryville NC
Jacob Alexander Porter, Denver NC
Brett McKinley Pardue, Elkin NC
Carly Lynette Puckett, Fairview NC
Jill Jacqueline Ryon, Fairview NC
Samantha Tyler Alpiger, Fayetteville NC
Carter Calloway Benge, Fayetteville NC
Chelsea Marie Spillars, Fletcher NC
Christa Elaine Sprinkle, Franklin NC
Shelby Faye Johnson, Glenville NC
Savannah Brooke Cagle, Hendersonville NC
Wilburn Gregory Corn, Hendersonville NC
Jodie Michelle Draughon, Hendersonville NC
Lucy Renée Jones, Hendersonville NC
Kristen Lashay Pace, Hendersonville NC
Kevin Blaine Searcy, Hendersonville NC
Caitlyn Marie Gladwin, Hickory NC
Katerina Judith Christina Canter, High Point NC
Tyler Alan Winkler, Hudson NC
David Franklin Moore, Icard NC
Mathan Lee Brewer, Jefferson NC
Hannah Talitha Mitchell, Leicester NC
Ashley Lynn Spears, Lenoir NC
Shaundee Loren Woosley, Lexington NC
Brent Travis Shipton, Linwood NC
Terry O'Bryan Chavis, Lumberton NC
Ericka Ruth Hincke, Marble NC
Hailey Elice Raxter, Marble NC
Autumn   Ward, Marion NC
Wendy Lynnette Barnett, Mars Hill NC
Norman Abarry Clubb, Mars Hill NC
Neil Lawrence Coates, Mars Hill NC
Jonathan Paul Hensley, Mars Hill NC
Amy Danielle Leatherwood, Mars Hill NC
Sarah Alicia Reed, Mars Hill NC
Caroline Nicole White, Mars Hill NC
Caitlin Nicole Whitt, Mars Hill NC
Melissa Worley Clark, Marshall NC
Heath Douglas Treadway, Marshall NC
Whitney L. Wilde, Marshall NC
Anna Marie Long, Monroe NC
Dena Megan Guffey, Mooresboro NC
Danielle Elizabeth Franco, Mooresville NC
Skylar Dawn Elrod, Newland NC
Aerial Tiantha Odom, Newton NC
Anna Margaret Rickenbaker, Ocean Isle Beach NC
Kelly Brooke Burton, Penrose NC
Jacob Alexander Harris, Rutherfordton NC
Andrew   Brandt, Sanford NC
India Leigh Ellis, Spruce Pine NC
Matthew Charles Sexton, Summerfield NC
Sarah Galen Graves, Waxhaw NC
Megan Marie Arrington, Waynesville NC
Kalynn Nicole Baker, Waynesville NC
Curran Dane Horne, Weaverville NC
Alanna R. Kinsella, Weaverville NC
Elissa Marie Peragine, Weaverville NC
Justin Lance Stewart, Weaverville NC
Ebony Nicole Simpson, Wingate NC
Lauryn Christians Higgins, Winston-Salem NC
Vachel Louis Bien-Aimé, Moorestown NJ
Alexandra Leanne Carrigan, Carlsbad NM
Kelly Jenee Jones, Ontario NY
Octavia S. Stancil, Tulsa OK
Alexis Danielle Miller, Easley SC
Jacqueline Jean McCormick, Greer SC
Carlton Dennis Gore II, Little River SC
Hillary Elizabeth Gambrell, Pickens SC
Derek Davis Gibson, Baileyton TN
Jessica Nicole McGaha, Knoxville TN
Julie Kathleen Bolling, Talbott TN
Marissa Darise Wixson, Spring TX
Margaret Elizabeth Murphy, Richmond VA
Tatiana Natale Dualiby, Sao Paulo Brazil
Adam Terrance Zulak, Ajax, Ontario Canada
Catherine Cory Harnden, Castleton, Ontario, Canada
David Michael Veitch, Tecumsah, Ontario Canada
Gregg William Munn, Falkirk Scotland
Timothy George Jenkinson, Somerset West, South Africa


Rev. Dr. Dixon Free gives the keynote address at Mars Hill University.

Vachel Louis Bien-Aime’, a graduate from Moorestown, NJ and the senior class president, receives his diploma

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