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ACU Home > Major Events > News > 2003 News Archive > Graduation awards

ACU presents degrees, several student awards

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Dec. 15, 2003

Abilene Christian University awarded 264 degrees Friday as friends and family of the graduates filled Moody Coliseum for Commencement.

Dr. Carol Williams, dean of the graduate school and assistant provost for research, delivered the charge to the class.

"We grow by the choices we make—the small daily choices that over time build our health, our knowledge, and our relationships with God and those around us," Williams said.  "So as you leave this place, I hope that you will remember the last math lesson you had—the lesson of how time performs the miracle of compound interest."

Dr. Royce Money, president, and Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen, provost, initiated the hooding of the graduates where a person of each senior’s choice symbolically draped a cowl over the neck of the senior.

Traditionally, the person hooding the senior was a parent, grandparent, spouse or fiancé.

Awards were presented, including the Board of Trustees awards for the honor and recognition the recipients have brought ACU through their achievements, character and devotion.  The recipients included Jennifer Grimes, animal science major from Waller; Ira Kirkley, Bible major; and Tera Stidham, Bible major from Los Alamos, N.M.

The Dean Adams Achievement awards were presented to students who overcame some type of obstacle to achieve their ACU education.  Recipients were Terrence Crisp, senior youth and family ministry major from Abilene; Jennifer Losche, youth and family ministry major from Baldwin, Mo.; and David Pittman, psychology major from Austin.

Five seniors were honored with Alpha Chi awards for perfect 4.0 grade point averages: Lavine Cavasos, industrial psychology major from Edgewood, N.M.; Tera Stidham, Bible major from Los Alamos, N.M.; Sara Blevins, human development and family studies major from Abilene; Lacy Johnson Hay, education major from Nacogodoches; and Jenna Reese, education major from Abilene.

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