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Two History Majors Participate in Union’s Fall Graduation Exercises

Dec 14, 2013

History majors Katelynn Cordell and Lowell Van Ness participated in Union University’s graduation exercises on December 14, 2013. As members of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, both wore their Phi Alpha Theta honor cords. In addition, Van Ness wore his Academic Excellence Medal in History that the history department voted to give him and a bachelor’s degree hood that symbolized his success in Union’s Discipline-Specific Honors Program in History. Cordell received her Bachelor of Arts degree during the commencement services, while Van Ness will officially graduate with a B.A. at the end of January, 2014. Some 350 students received degrees at the December commencement.

Dr. Michael Duduit, Dean of the College of Christian Studies and the David T. Clamp Graduate School of Christian Ministry and Preaching at Anderson University in South Carolina, was the commencement speaker. He talked about “The Dangerous Act of Graduation.” Duduit was the executive vice president of Union University from 1996 to 2002.

In a special tribute to Union’s President David S. Dockery, the university presented him with an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. Executive Vice President for Academic Administration Gene Fant explained that while Dockery already held a Doctor of Philosophy degree, the Doctorate of Letters represented achievement at an even higher level. Dr. John Netland, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, read the degree declaration.


Graduating history majors Lowell Van Ness (left) and Katelynn Cordell Watson stand with Dr. Stephen Carls prior to Union University's fall graduation exercises on December 14, 2013. Both students wear their Phi Alpha Theta honor cords. Photo by Anne Richoux


Union University President David S. Dockery welcomes attendees to the school's fall semester commencement services on December 14, 2013. Photo by Morris Abernathy


Dr. Michael Duduit, Dean of the College of Christian Studies at Anderson University, shares an amusing story during his commencement address on "The Dangerous Act of Graduation" at Union's graduation exercises on December 14, 2013. Photo by Morris Abernathy


History major and Phi Alpha Theta member Katelynn Cordell Watson receives her B.A. degree from Union University President David S. Dockery on December 14, 2013. Photo by Morris Abernathy


History major Lowell Van Ness returns to his seat after receiving graduation congratulations from Union University President David S. Dockery on December 14, 2013. Photo by Morris Abernathy


Dr. David S. Dockery accepts congratulations from Dr. Roland Porter of Union University's Board of Trustees after a ceremony in which the university awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters degree at the school's commencement on December 14, 2013. Photo by Morris Abernathy


Union University President David S. Dockery expresses gratitude after receiving an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Union University at the school's commencement services on December 14, 2013. Photo by Morris Abernathy