Belmont University held its summer 2011 commencement ceremony for 223 graduate and undergraduate students on Aug. 12 in the Curb Event Center. During the graduation ceremony, 73 undergraduate, 116 master’s and 34 doctoral degrees were conferred.
Pamela Simpson, 52, delivered the student reflection for the summer 2011 graduating class. Motivated by Belmont’s “Finish What You Started” campaign, she returned to the University after a three decade hiatus to become the first in her family to earn a college diploma.
Simpson enrolled at Belmont College in 1976 while juggling a fulltime job to pay tuition, and her grades suffered. Despite her completing all of the necessary coursework in four years, Simpson’s GPA was too low for her to graduate and she was told she would have make better grades to earn her degree. Frustrated, she left Belmont, continued working and began a family. She again enrolled in 2010 to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies.
Dr. Robert C. Fisher, president of the university, presided over the event and presented the commencement address.
The August graduation webcast can be viewed on the University’s UStream channel.