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Volume 82, Issue 30 Web Edition
SERVING BREVARD COLLEGE SINCE 1935
May 11, 2017
Largest class since the college became a four-year institution receive diplomas in BC’s 164th commencement exercises The weather Saturday morning was breezy and unseasonably cool, downright chilly in fact, but not even temperatures in the low 50s could cool the spirits on campus as Brevard College celebrated its largest graduating class since it became a four-year college more than 20 years ago. More than 160 seniors marched in the college’s 164th commencement exercises May 8, dressed in traditional black gowns but adorned with colorful hoods representing the diversity of their fields of study. The Saturday morning event concluded a weekend of celebration that started Friday night in the Porter Center with the baccalaureate and hooding ceremony, during which seniors were “hooded” by a faculty or staff member— a sign of the personal connections students make with professors, coaches, and other staff at BC en route to their degree. As is tradition, two members of the graduating class spoke as the featured speakers at Saturday morning’s ceremony: Kate Brandhuber, a business and organizational leadership major and environmental studies minor from Dothan, Ala., and Tiela Smith, a criminal justice major from Pine Bush, N.Y. In her speech, Smith compared the time she and her classmates had spent at Brevard College to caterpillars in a cocoon undergoing a metamorphosis into something greater. “Today, we realize we have transformed to who we are right at this very moment,” Smith said. “We no longer are those tiny caterpillars. We decided to evolve into something better. We’re brilliant.” In her speech, Brandhuber eloquently summarized how each of Brevard College’s majors prepare students for life after college. See ‘Graduation,’ page 2
Photo by Shannon Summit
Tiela Smith, a criminal justice major from Pine Bush, N.Y., was one of two seniors chosen by college officials to address the graduating class at Brevard College’s commencement exercises Saturday.
May 11, 2017
Photo by Shannon Summit
Flagbearers at Saturday’s commencement ceremony were as follows. The United States flag was carried by Alec Goettl; the North Carolina flag was carried by Allison Arensman; the Christian flag was carried by Savannah Cox; and the Brevard College Alumni banner was carried by Katlin Burns. The following international students carried the flag of their country or region: Halana Gittens, Barbados; Ryan Taylor, Canada; Juan Sosa Gutierrez, Colombia; Anita Maryskova, Czech Republic; Adrian Isa, Dominican Republic; Sebastian Strehl, Germany; Omar El Diraoui, Palestine; Ryan McPhillips, Scotland; Sarah Hill, South Africa; Louis Vega Fernandez-Flores, Spain; Oskar Lundgren, Sweden; Alexander Gaye, Uruguay.
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“We have all walked different paths, we’ve had different majors, but those paths together have been our journey, a journey which has brought us to this place,” she said. In addition to their diplomas, several graduates received awards during the ceremony. The Presidential Award for Scholarship, given each year to the graduating senior with the highest academic rank, was awarded to Brice Molton, a criminal justice major with a GPA of 3.983. Molton recently accepted a job as a special agent with the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement. Natalie Green received the C. Edward and Brona N. Roy Good Citizenship Award, given to a student who shows exemplary moral character, citizenship, leadership and is a positive influence on campus. Green, a history major from Johnson City, Tenn., finished her studies last fall and thi