Wrap-up: MC Class of 2015 Commencement

Maryville College Class of 2015 Commencement

Approximately 250 members of the Maryville College Class of 2015 graduated during the College’s commencement ceremony on May 17. Watch the videos, view the photos and read the stories to experience graduation weekend all over again!

Videos

Video: 2015 Baccalaureate service
The 2015 baccalaureate ceremony, held in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre on May 17. The Rev. James “Jamie” Lively, pastor of Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Greeneville, Tenn., delivered a sermon titled “No Worries” during the baccalaureate service. Lively is the father of graduating senior Sophia Lively '15.

Video: Where’s the Class of 2015 heading to?
Maryville College graduates go on to do great things, and the Class of 2015 is no different. In their own words, here’s a small sample of what these new alumni will be going on to accomplish.

Stories

McBrayer tells 2015 grads “What Every Citizen Owes”
W. Neal McBrayer ’86, a judge for the Tennessee Court of Appeals, delivered the commencement address, titled “What Every Citizen Owes: A Primary Position” to the Maryville College Class of 2015.

Approximately 250 grads in Class of 2015; 78 earn honors diplomas
See the full list of Maryville College students who were awarded bachelor of arts degrees, bachelor of science degrees and bachelor of music degrees this year. Seventy-eight graduates receiving diplomas May 17 graduated with honors.

Miriam Alvarez graduates with honors, marks end of long journey
Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras in 1998 and completely changed the life of Miriam Alvarez, forcing her to move to Miami to find work and rebuild her life. She went from studying tourism/hotel management and working with her family in a successful business in Honduras to cleaning public bathrooms in Miami for $3.75 an hour. She overcame incredible odds, learning how to speak English and trying to find a career. Now, 16 years later, the Sevierville resident is graduating from Maryville College with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish with teacher licensure. 

Non-traditional students overcome obstacles together
Non-traditional students Linda Hinkle and Cathy See have both overcome health and family difficulties in their time at MC, but both will graduate this year and walk in the College’s commencement ceremony. The senior psychology majors bonded in their first class at MC, and now they plan to pursue master’s degrees in social work together at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Immediately after graduation, they plan to take a two-week road trip across the country with no set itinerary as a celebration of their accomplishments and their friendship.

Jose Perez leaves lasting impact on MC community
Maryville College senior José Perez has transformed from a terrified freshman unsure of his place at Maryville College into a social justice advocate who has made a lasting impact on the MC community.

Ashley Ferris explores unique Senior Study topic, lands impressive job
Maryville College senior Ashley Ferris based her Senior Study on the work she has done with Mountain Challenge, the oldest outdoor team building company in the South. Part of her work involved helping to recertify the company as a B Corporation. Impressed with her knowledge and experience, a B Corp called Urban Green Development in Denver, Colo., offered her a job after graduation.

Paul Earheart-Brown named Outstanding Senior, plans to attend seminary in Memphis
Paul Earheart-Brown, a philosophy major from Memphis, Tenn., was named the 2015 Outstanding Senior at Maryville College during the Academic Awards Ceremony held on April 18. After graduation, he will return to Memphis to attend Memphis Theological Seminary this fall.

Abbi Rutherford plans to make an impact with ‘Teach for America’
While studying at Maryville College, Abbi Rutherford became increasingly aware of educational disparities throughout the United States. In order to help combat this, she applied for and was accepted to the Teach For America (TFA) program. Rutherford, who is majoring in child development with teacher licensure, will depart for her job with TFA right after commencement. She has been assigned to teach in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas region and will be teaching students in the pre-K to sixth grade age range. 

Text

Text: W. Neal McBrayer’s commencement address to the Class of 2015
Read the full text of W. Neal McBrayer’s commencement address, titled “What Every Citizen Owes: A Primary Position.”

Text: The Rev. James Lively’s baccalaureate sermon
The Rev. James “Jamie” Lively, pastor of Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Greeneville, Tenn., delivered a sermon titled “No Worries” during the baccalaureate service. Read the full text of his sermon.

Text: Senior class president’s remarks to the Class of 2015 during baccalaureate
Read the full text of Wesley Branch’s remarks to the Class of 2015.

Photos

Flickr album: Maryville College Baccalaureate 2015
View photos from the 2015 baccalaureate ceremony, held in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre on May 17.

Flickr album: Maryville College Commencement 2015
View photos from the 2015 commencement ceremony, held May 17 on the Anderson Hall lawn.

Flickr album: Senior Barbecue
See photos from this year’s Senior Barbecue, held May 15 at McArthur Pavilion

Flickr album: Legacies in the Class of 2015
Several members of the Class of 2015 are legacies, meaning they are direct descendants of former Maryville College students. See pictures of these students and their family members, which were taken on Freshman Move-In Day in August 2011 and again at commencement in May 2015.  


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2019 semester is 1,148.