Belmont held its Summer Commencement 2007 ceremony on Fri., Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Curb Event Center. Seventy-seven Bachelors, 65 Master’s and 32 Doctoral degrees were conferred. Dr. Robert C. Fisher, president of the University, presented the graduates with their degrees while Provost Dan McAlexander provided commencement remarks.
In his speech Dr. McAlexander noted that the August graduates represented “an abiding commitment to continued learning across the widest variety of age and experience,” with a majority of the degrees presented being for Master’s or Doctoral work. The heart of his address rested within Belmont’s mission statement, encouraging the graduates to spend time engaging their world and all the questions in it. “It is here,” Dr. McAlexander said, “in the open space, progressing from linear certainty to curving ambiguity, where a dialogue begins with the unknown, with ‘the other.’ To ‘engage the world’ in this way, as we hope our graduates will… requires a confidence in one’s knowledge and a certainty in one’s faith from which to launch, and a cultivated habit of curiosity in order to begin, characteristics we hope you have developed during your time at Belmont.”