Annual Ceremony Honors Graduates
Submitted on December 5, 2018
Plan your journey but be willing to go off the itinerary to grow and change and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of life. This paraphrases a suggestion offered to Georgetown College winter graduates by guest winter baccalaureate speaker Dr. David Cassady, President of Baptist Seminary of Kentucky.
Basing his “Making the Journey” remarks on Luke 2:1-12, Dr. Cassady spoke to graduates about expectations for change that will likely be prevalent during the course of the next phase of their lives. He encouraged graduates to be prepared going forward to help one another, to share life’s experiences with friends and family, to embrace change while growing closer to and uplifting one another, and to make life’s journey about more than oneself, all the while maintaining faithfulness to God and cherishing hope, discovery, and love.
During the hour-long service in John L. Hill Chapel, two graduating students, Allison Elizabeth Card and Mikaela Adams received special honors.
The Woman’s Association of Georgetown College (WAGC) recognized Miss Card for having the highest graduate point average in the December 2018 graduating class. She also received the Marshall Center for Christian Ministry’s Norman and Martha Yocum Lytle Graduating Senior Award for Christian Service.
The Lytle Award, presented on behalf of Mr. Lytle and his late wife by Rev. Ken Holden, Executive Director of the Marshall Center, affirms exemplary Christ-like life and witness on our campus and elevates the relevance of such a life and witness in the larger academic context. Rev. Holden said the words of a friend and nominator well described Miss Card: “This student has a fervent heart for the Lord and continuously is pursuing Christ in both word and deed. One whose heart for others is from a place of overflow.”
In presenting the WAGC award, Mrs. Carolyn Green, association president, noted that Miss Card, from Gainesville, Fl., will be serving in the spring with “Free the Oppressed,” a school and rehab ministry in Honduras. After that, she will return to her home state and pursue her dream for involvement in the non-profit world.
Mikaela Adams, Salyersville, Ky., majoring in political science with a minor in philosophy, received a Certificate for Outstanding Contribution to the Department of Political Science. It was presented by Dr. Gui Silva, Associate Professor, and department chair, who described her as “efficient to a fault, always willing to lend a hand, to volunteer, to assist in any way she can.” He went on to say she has “gone way beyond the regular call of duty with charisma, a genuine smile in her face, and with goodwill.” During her time as a student, he added, “she has become a true ambassador to the department and our program.”
Georgetown College’s winter commencement is planned for Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. in John L. Hill Chapel. It is expected that bachelor’s degrees will be awarded to 27 undergraduates; over 100 master’s degrees in education will be conferred.