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Commencement Week Honors 955 Graduates

Belmont University held its spring 2013 commencement ceremonies on May 4 in the Curb Event Center, but the 955 graduates first enjoyed a week’s worth of activities to mark the end of their college careers.

First, on the Wednesday before graduation, an event was held at the Bell Tower amphitheatre called “Life Beyond the Tower,” which gave students a chance to reflect on their history at the University while looking ahead to adventures to come.The event provides an appropriate four-year bookend to “Life Under the Tower,” held each fall for incoming freshmen the night before their first classes begin. Click here to view a spoken word performance by graduating senior and former Mid South Grand Slam college champion Levi Gordon from this year’s “Life Beyond the Tower.” Photos from the event can be seen here.

On Friday, graduating students and their families were invited to participate in an annual worship service. Held in the Curb Event Center, “Baccalaureate: A Service of Ordination to Daily Work” featured students from across the disciplines telling how God is calling them to use what they have learned at Belmont in service to others. Follow the links to listen to the speeches given by graduating seniors Meghan McKechnie (nursing), Kayla Becker (mass communication), Jim Darter (Accounting) and Hilary Hambrick (international business).

Saturday brought the culmination to the week as Belmont celebrated the graduation of a total of 955 students during two ceremonies on May 4. During the graduation ceremonies, 765 undergraduate, 105 master’s and 85 doctoral degrees were conferred. The morning ceremony saw candidates from the College of Business Administration, the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business and the College of Visual and Performing Arts receive their degrees while the afternoon honored candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences and Nursing, the College of Pharmacy, University College and Interdisciplinary Programs and the School of Religion. Online video streams of both events are available for viewing here.

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