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Five History Majors Earn Bachelor’s Degrees at December Graduation

Dec 10, 2011

Five history majors successfully completed their work for bachelor’s degrees at Union University during the fall semester and were listed among the graduates at Union’s commencement exercises on December 10, 2011, at West Jackson Baptist Church. The fall graduates included: Zeinab (Sarah) Chan, Grant Kelly, Allen Matthews, Stephen Thomas, and Samuel Wiggin. Allen and Samuel were able to attend the graduation ceremony, while the others received their degrees in absentia.

In the area of special recognitions, Samuel joined graduating senior Joel Wellum, a history minor, in wearing a Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society honor cord at the commencement services. In addition, Samuel wore his Union University December Graduation Academic Excellence Medal in History that had been given to him a week earlier for his outstanding work in the major.

A reception honoring Union’s fall graduates preceded the graduation ceremony. Allen, Joel, and Samuel also attended that, and received congratulations from numerous well-wishers.


Graduating history major Allen Matthews stands with his fiancée Amy Hicks at Union's reception honoring fall graduates on December 10. 2011.


Graduating history minor Joel Wellum (center) and graduating history major Samuel Wiggin (right) stand with junior history major Logan Smith (left) during Union's December 10 reception honoring fall graduates.


Graduating history students stand with Dr. Stephen Carls (right) just before Union's graduation services on December 10, 2011. The students are (left to right) Allen Matthews, Joel Wellum, and Samuel Wiggin. Photo by Morris Abernathy.


History minor Joel Wellum (third from left) and history major Samuel Wiggin (second from right), both Phi Alpha Theta members, stand as the processional concludes at Union's graduation exercises on December 10, 2011 at West Jackson Baptist Church. Photo by Morris Abernathy.


Commencement speaker Dr. Frank S. Page, President of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, speaks on the topic of "An Irrecoverable Moment" at Union's graduation services on December 10, 2011. Photo by Morris Abernathy.


Union University President Dr. David Dockery leads the audience's applause of appreciation for Dr. Frank S. Page following Dr. Page's commencement address on "An Irrecoverable Moment" at Union's commencement exercises at West Jackson Baptist Church on December 10, 2011. Photo by Ebbie Davis.


History major and Phi Alpha Theta member Samuel Wiggin descends from the stage after receiving his bachelor's degree at Union's fall graduation on December 10, 2011. Photo by Ebbie Davis.


Faculty Member of the Year Dr. Keith Bates, carrying the Union University mace, leads the recessional at the graduation services on December 10, 2011, at West Jackson Baptist Church. Photo by Morris Abernathy.