Spring 2021 Commencement Exercises Undergraduate and Master of Arts - Vocational

Order of Service

Prelude - This is My Father's World, arr. Anna Laura Page

Processional - O Worship the King, arr. Ed Dunbar

Hymn - All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name, arr. Richard Huggins

Invocation - David Jones, Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Dean for Theological Studies, Professor of Christian Ethics

Greeting - Mark Liederbach, Vice President for Student Services, Dean of Students, Professor of Theology, Ethics and Culture

Hymn - In Christ Alone, arr. Dave Cleveland/David Angerman

Scripture Reading - Karen Swallow Prior, Research Professor of English and Christianity and Culture

Charge to Graduates - Daniel L. Akin, President, Professor of Preaching and Theology, Ed Young, Sr. Chair of Preaching

Prayer of Dedication - Charles Quarles, Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Charles Page Chair of Biblical Theology

Conferring of Degrees - Scott Pace, Dean of The College at Southeastern, Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Preaching, Johnny Hunt Chair of Biblical Preaching

Keith Whitfield, Provost, Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor of Theology

The Seminary Hymn - For the Cause, by Keith & Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend

Benediction - Ronjour Locke,Director of Center for Preaching and Pastoral Leadership, Instructor of Preaching and Urban Ministry

Recessional - Ode to Joy, arr. Gordon Young

Associate Degrees

The College at Southeastern offers two types of Associate Degrees—the Associate of Divinity (ADiv) and the Associate of Arts (AA). The ADiv is specially designed with pastors in mind, to help equip you with the tools you need to minister through preaching, teaching, counseling and administration in the local church. The AA degrees provide students with the foundation they need for lay leadership in the local church and for further theological study at the undergraduate level.

* - 2020 Graduate // ia - in absentia // † - cum laude // †† - magna cum laude // ††† - summa cum laude

Associate of Arts

  • Patricia Jean Henn † - Wake Forest, NC

Associate of Divinity

  • Dereck L. Hood † - Lewisville, NC

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts at Southeastern consists of a core curriculum which includes vital training in biblical studies, Christian worldview, world history, theology and English. In addition to their selected major, all students complete a minor in Christian studies with the option of adding a second minor in their area of interest.

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies

  • Charles Mark Bentley, ia - Wake Forest, NC

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and History

  • Amie Grace Jernigan - Henderson, NC

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

  • Jordan Aaron Frederick - Palatka, FL
  • Jonathan Paul Lloyd †† - Reidsville, NC

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling

  • Trinity Michelle Branch - Philadelphia, PA
  • Erin Taylor Owen †† - Lincolnton, NC
  • Brooke Robbins - Raleigh, NC
  • Nada Saleh ††† - Rolesville, NC
  • Sydnee Camille Saunders † - Southport, NC
  • Krista Marie Portas, ia - Dover, FL

Bachelor of Arts in English

  • Grace Regina Borger ††† - Raleigh, NC
  • Camryn Alexandra Lockhart ††* - La Plata, MD
  • Caroline Grace McLaurin † - Jena, LA

Bachelor of Arts in English and Theology

  • Josiah Jeremiah Gwyn ††† - Oroville, CA

Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies

  • Olivia Rose Harrison ††† - Siler City, NC
  • Alexandrea Kaylen Leffingwell - Zebulon, NC

Bachelor of Arts in History

  • Samuel James Borger - Raleigh, NC

Bachelor of Arts in History (Pre-Law)

  • Caleb Elijah Harris †† - Dickson, TN
  • Samuel Luke Haymore ††† - Rocky Mount, NC

Bachelor of Arts in Humanities

  • Matthew Jacob Rorech - Huntersville, NC

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Mary-Addison Dale ††† - Atlantic Beach, NC

Bachelor of Arts in Justice and Social Ethics

  • Abigail Grace Campbell - Cookeville, TN
  • Aubrey de Carvalho ††† - Raleigh, NC
  • Brandi Lynette Wyatt - Saint Charles, MO

Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry

  • Peyton Kelly Andreucci - Conway, SC
  • Benjamin Scott Brannon - Ashland, VA
  • Wilson Allen Emery - Blackshear, GA
  • Michael Blake Flinchum † - Dobson, NC
  • Ronald Eugene Gilliam* - Charlotte, NC
  • Benjamin Dock Harvey † - Raleigh, NC
  • Joshua Michael Hiott - Monroe, NC
  • Shawn Patrick McKinney - Wake Forest, NC
  • Jonathan Ray Thomas † - Mars Hill, NC
  • Lemanuel Rashad Williams, ia - Rocky Mount, NC
  • Andrew Bradley Cagle †††, ia - Belmont, NC
  • Joshua Aaron Dellinger ††, ia - Spruce Pine, NC
  • Jordan Wesley Gibson ††, ia - Naples, FL
  • Jacob Waldon Kimbrell, ia - West Palm Beach, FL
  • Hunter Brook Lee ††, ia - Satsuma, AL
  • Jonathan Daniel McNeal †, ia - Augusta, GA
  • Thomas Anthony Scarbrough, ia - Slapout, AL
  • Griffin Shollenberger, ia - Athens, GA
  • Lucas David Shubert †, ia - Hickory, NC
  • Lemanuel Rashad Williams, ia - Rocky Mount, NC

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

  • Lance Nicholas Shinholser ††† - Raleigh, NC

Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies

  • Dawoon Chung † - Ilsan, South Korea
  • Cameron Reid Knowles † - Salemburg, NC

Bachelor of Arts in Student Ministry

  • Reuben David Hughes † - Wasilla, AK
  • Margaret Blue Lanier †† - Julian, NC

Bachelor of Arts in Theology

  • Jeremiah William Branch - Philadelphia, PA
  • Chandler Mitchell Collins ††† - Georgetown, SC
  • Steven Michael DeYoung - Louisburg, NC
  • Andrew Geddings Garner - Wake Forest, NC
  • Faith Elizabeth Haberer ††† - Reidsville, NC
  • Lauren Taylor Smith †††* - Rocky Mount, NC

Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry

  • Chloe Elizabeth Farley †††* - Newport, NC
  • Rachel Grace McDill †† - Wake Forest, NC

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science degree is composed of a Core Curriculum (37 hours), a major (45 hours), and vocational electives or business minor (45 hours) for a total of 127 hours. In addition to their selected major, all BS students will complete a vocational or business minor and can add a second minor if desired.

Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies

  • Joanna Grace Bergquist - North Fort Myers, FL
  • Jason Andrew Nelson † - Lugoff, SC

Bachelor of Science in Christian Ethics

  • Andrew Dillon Barnes † - Acworth, GA
  • Rebekah Jennings Crouch - Mount Juliet, TN

Bachelor of Science in Global Studies

  • Mary Lindsey Bolick - Blowing Rock, NC
  • Kaitlyn Grace Farley ††† - Morehead City, NC
  • Hunter Lexis Kaler ††† - Goldsboro, NC
  • Patrick Thomas Shannon, Jr. - Hickory, NC
  • Brett Guy Bowers, ia - Hamlet, NC

Bachelor of Science in Student Ministry

  • J. Christian Bentley †† - Hickory, NC
  • Edgar Donald Smith, Jr.* - Hickory, NC
  • David Lee Wells, Jr. - Shelby, NC

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies

The College at Southeastern offers the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAIS), a program designed to prepare students for effective service in a cross-cultural setting, especially designed for those with experience in cross-cultural settings. The 55-hour curriculum can be completed in two years of full-time study, and the entire degree may be done through distance learning.

  • Molly Ellen Ballard - Charleston, WV
  • Kaitlyn Hickman - Albuquerque, NM
  • Kelsey Lynn Kleier - Springfield, MO
  • Brandon Lipscomb - Wake Forest, NC
  • Emma Jeanne Patterson - Garland, TX
  • Emily Grace Anderson, ia - Port Charlotte, FL
  • Erika K. Arvidson, ia - Haughton, LA
  • John DeLancey Beward, ia - Winter Haven, FL
  • Keaton Quinn Ketchum, ia - Wichita Falls, TX
  • Summer Nicolette Stewart, ia - Baltimore, MD

Master of Arts - Vocational

Our Vocational and General Master of Arts degree offers a foundation in biblical studies and theology and also allows students to study in a particular discipline. The program takes most students 2-3 years to finish.

* - 2020 Graduate // ia - in absentia

Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling

  • Bethany Shea Ramsey, ia - Tupelo, MS

Master of Arts in Christian Education

  • George Caleb Batts - Fuquay-Varina, NC
  • Timothy Christian Fraser - Wake Forest, NC
  • Jeremy Brooks Jones - Rocky Mount, NC
  • Mary Susanna Sam* - Tenkasi, Tamil Nadu, India

Master of Arts in Christian Education and Biblical Counseling

  • Hoang Vinh Phan - Raleigh, NC
  • Chelsea MacKenzie West - Wake Forest, NC

Master of Arts in Christian Marriage, Family, and Individual Counseling

  • Alyssa Joy Brown - Lincoln, NE
  • Logan Matthew Burchett - Ekron, KY
  • Ebonee Taylor Grissett - Roxboro, NC
  • Mary Brannan Gubitz - Raleigh, NC
  • Ashleigh Moore Guynn - Madisonville, KY
  • Karen Ogilvie Harmon - Fernandina Beach, FL
  • Dorothy Amos Hilliard - Apex, NC
  • Olivia Greeson James - Holly Springs, NC
  • Samantha Boone Kilpatrick - Raleigh, NC
  • Hunter McKinley Reece - Granite Falls, NC
  • Aaron Patrick Rice - Wake Forest, NC
  • John Stevens Sullivan, II - Wasilla, AK
  • Bailey Gene Basem Toma - Holly Springs, NC
  • Zachary Quin Ufland* - Charlotte, NC
  • Emily Kirsten Watson - Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Taylor Anne Willis - League City, TX
  • Ashley Suzanne Welbern, ia - Hendersonville, TN

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

  • Jared Stevenson, ia - Oklahoma City, OK

Master of Arts in Church Planting

  • Joseph Anderson, Sr. - Lilburn, GA
  • Alex Preston Davis - Bartow, FL
  • Alfonso Lamar Mack, Jr. - South Bend, IN
  • Thomas Seth Springs - Waxhaw, NC
  • Jayson Charles West - Tampa, FL
  • William Frank Bomar, Jr., ia - Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Daniel Coe, ia - Lebanon, TN
  • Michael Christian Hill, ia - South Fulton, TN
  • Jason Christopher Stuckey, ia - Rocky Mount NC

Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership

  • Noah O'Bryan Barber - Sugartown, LA
  • Shelby Gwendolyn Edgell - Wendell, NC
  • Michael Richard Lewis - Jackson, MS
  • Dennis Lee Thurman* - Candler, NC
  • Evan Thomas West - Wake Forest, NC
  • Logan Jerrell Bennett, ia - Macclenny, FL
  • Anna Katherine Long, ia - Gastonia, NC
  • Zackary Alexander Saunders, ia - Moultrie, GA
  • Trey Allen Starnes, ia - Icard, NC

Master of Arts in Ministry to Women

  • Kayla Dickson Mitchell - Auburn, GA
  • Jennie Best Snead - Hoschton, GA
  • Emma Kathleen Lombard, ia - Danvers, MA

Faculty Marshals

Todd Borger, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew

George G. Robinson, IV, Professor of Global Disciple Making, Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism


Music Director: Joshua Waggener, Associate Professor of Music and Christian Worship

Organist: Valerie Elston, Piano and General Music Teacher (Friendship Christian School)

Pianist: Sheila Dacus, Instructor of Music (Southeastern) and Nationally Certified Piano Instructor (NCTM)

Academic Regalia

The hoods, gowns, and caps worn in academic ceremonies today are modified versions of clothing worn by ecclesiastics and students in the 12th and 13th centuries. They wore gowns and hoods to their lectures, probably for warmth in the damp, unheated halls where classes were held. The designs and colors of these costumes have come to symbolize the level of academic attainment and the institution attended.

The bachelor’s robe has an elaborate yoke but is otherwise a plain garment with a closed, pleated front and long, full-pointed sleeves. The master’s robe is identifiable by its sleeves, cut for the arm at the wrist and just above the elbow, which have a distinctive oblong back and are squared at the ends. The doctor’s robe, full cut and with voluminous long sleeves, is distinguished by its rich velvet trim. Robe-length front panels and velvet sleeve bars are either black or symbolize, by their color, the field in which the doctorate was obtained. The mortarboard or tam is worn with tassels that are usually black but may represent the degree held by the wearer.

Tassels worn signify the following:

  • Scarlet: Theology, Divinity
  • Light Blue: Pedagogy, Education
  • White: English, History, Arts, Letters, Humanities
  • Purple: Jurisprudence, Law
  • Dark Blue: Political Science, Social Ethics, Philosophy
  • Pink: Music
  • Gold: Physics, Mathematics, Science
  • Lemon: Library Science

Cords worn signify the following:

  • White: Great Commission Student (Mission Trip)
  • Green and Gold: Liele House
  • Maroon and Gold: Judson House
  • Blue and White: Fuller House
  • Purple and White: Schaeffer House