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Nine History Majors Go Through Graduation Line at Spring Commencement

May 19, 2012

Nine history majors went through the graduation line at Union University’s spring commencement exercises on May 19, 2012. They were among 614 students who received a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree at the ceremony. Dr. Carol Swain, a professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, delivered the commencement address on “Embracing Life’s Unexpected Challenges.” She talked about how she moved from an early life of poverty and no high school degree to one in which she earned five degrees at the university level. She encouraged students to stand fast in their Christian faith and to act boldly and courageously as they faced the unanticipated challenges that life presents.

Seven history majors earned Bachelor of Arts degrees while two others were recipients of Bachelor of Science diplomas. The B.A. graduates were: Rebekah Anderson, David Conway, Savannah German, Elaura Highfield, Kaleb Noblett, Caitlin Roach, and Megan Winters. Those receiving B.S. degrees were Cody Dew and Caraline Rickard. Several history minors were also among the spring graduates, including Reid Benson, Cory Cronin, Daniel Grimm, Hannah Marsh, W. Andrew Seaton, Philip Tang, and Terilyn Wassell.

The Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society was well represented among the graduates, as twelve student members went through the commencement line. They were: Rebekah Anderson, David Conway, Cory Cronin, Savannah German, Elaura Highfield, Hannah Marsh, Kaleb Noblett, Caitlin Roach, Caraline Rickard, W. Andrew Seaton, Terilyn Wassell, and Megan Winters. All of them wore Phi Alpha Theta honor cords at the ceremony.


Graduating history minors Philip Tang (left) and Cory Cronin stand together at the Union University reception for graduates on May 19, 2012.


Graduating history major Elaura Highfield stands with her father at the Union reception for graduates on May 19, 2012.


Graduating Phi Alpha Theta members join together for a photo prior to Union's spring commencement exercises on May 19, 2012. They are: (front row, left to right) Savannah German, Caraline Rickard, Rebekah Anderson, Elaura Highfield, Terilyn Wassell, and Hannah Marsh; (back row, left to right) Caitlin Roach, David Conway, Kaleb Noblett, Megan Winters, and Cory Cronin.


Dr. Stephen Carls stands with Phi Alpha Theta Vice President Savannah German (left) and President Caitlin Roach prior to Union University's spring graduation on May 19, 2012.


Graduating history major Rebekah Anderson smiles during the graduation processional at Union University on May 19, 2012.


Senior history major Elaura Highfield shows joy during the graduation processional at Union University on May 19, 2012.


Kaleb Noblett, wearing two sets of honor cords, takes part in Union University's graduation processional on May 19, 2012. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)


History major Megan Winters (center) participates in the graduation processional at Union University on May 19, 2012. (Photo by Jacob Moore)


A large crowd watches as graduating students and faculty take their places during the Union University graduation processional on May 19, 2012. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)


Dr. David Dockery, President of Union University, welcomes all who have come for Union University's spring commencement exercises on May 19, 2012. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)


Graduating history major Savannah German returns to her seat after receiving her bachelor's degree from Union University on May 19, 2012.


History major Caitlin Roach receives her bachelor's degree from Union University President Dr. David Dockery at the school's commencement services on May 19, 2012.


History minor Philip Tang prepares to mount the platform to receive his B.S. degree at Union University's graduation ceremony on May 19, 2012. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)


Andy Seaton, a history minor and Phi Alpha Theta member, joyfully walks back to his seat after receiving his diploma during Union University's spring graduation on May 19, 2012. (Photo by Anne Richoux)


Phi Alpha Theta member Terilyn Wassell stands with her father following her graduation from Union University on May 19, 2012.