Wrap-up: Maryville College Class of 2019 Commencement 

Maryville College Class of 2019 Commencement 

Approximately 260 members of the Maryville College Class of 2019 - the bicentennial class - participated in the College’s commencement ceremony on May 4. Watch the videos, view the photos and read the stories to experience graduation weekend all over again!



StageClipStageclip: This year, the MC Alumni Office gifted each senior (who walked across stage) a short, personal video of his/her special moment to share. Search for your favorite grads.

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Commencement speaker Neely reminds grads about MC’s ‘distinctive story’
Jack Neely, a historian, journalist, author and lecturer, delivered the commencement address, titled “Maryville College at 200: An American Rarity,” to the Maryville College Class of 2019.

Approximately 260 grads in the Class of 2019; 60 earn honors diplomas
See the full list of the Maryville College students who were awarded bachelor of arts degrees, bachelor of science degrees and bachelor of music degrees this year. Sixty graduates receiving diplomas May 4 graduated with honors.

2019 grads pursue impressive post-graduation plans
Maryville College graduates go on to do great things, and the Class of 2019 is no different. Ready and excited to move on to the next phase of life, members of Maryville College’s Class of 2019 will scatter to all parts of the country – and world – to pursue internships, graduate school studies and jobs. Read more about some of Maryville College’s newest alumni and their impressive post-graduation plans. 

Never too late: Buckingham achieves long-held dream of finishing college
Paula Buckingham ’19 is accustomed to wearing many different hats. She’s a military wife, mother of two sons (now 24 and 16), a grandmother, and a caregiver to her aging parents, but on May 4, Buckingham put on the hat signifying the accomplishment of a long-held dream – that of a Maryville College graduate. Buckingham, a nontraditional student, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology.

MC Neuroscience major gains practical experience at Pat Summitt Clinic
This May, Taylor Leonard ‘19 will graduate from Maryville College with a neuroscience degree and a year-long internship with the Pat Summitt Clinic under her belt.

Lauren Kelley’19 publishes Senior Study research
When Lauren Kelley ‘19 first began her Senior Study work, she hadn’t imagined that she’d soon be publishing her findings in a peer-reviewed neurological journal – but that’s exactly what happened.

Addis, longtime MC staff member, completes bachelor’s degree
Ethiopian-born Yosef Addis '19 began his studies at Maryville College in 1992. During Commencement exercises May 4, he received a bachelor's degree and a standing ovation from classmates, faculty, staff and administrators.

Phillips to attend Columbia Theological Seminary
Sam Phillips '19 was accepted to Columbia Theological Seminary and will begin studies there this summer. His MC experience helped him mold his sense of calling.

Beach to study public health at George Washington University 
Colby Beach '19, an exercise science major from Maryville, Tenn., will attend George Washington University, where he will pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control. He initially started his college career out of state - but soon realized that the academic experience he needed was already waiting for him in his hometown.

Carpenter to attend London School of Economics
Kalyn Carpenter '19 has been accepted to the prestigious London School of Economics (LSE), where she will pursue a Master of Science (MSc) in Gender, Development and Globalization.

MC recognizes graduating veterans and veteran dependents in Cord and Coin Ceremony
Veterans and dependents in the Class of 2019 were presented honor cords, challenge coins and quilts of freedom in special May 1 ceremony attended by loved ones and members of the campus community.

MC inducts new members into Alpha Gamma Sigma honor society
MC's Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society, whose members hold the top GPAs in their classes, welcomed 20 new graduates into its ranks during an April 6 ceremony.


News Coverage

The Daily Times reports: Maryville College graduates more than 250 on Saturday 

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports: Maryville College celebrates 200th graduating class on Saturday

WVLT-TV reports: Double lung, liver transplant survivor graduates from Maryville College


Text: Jack Neely’s commencement address to the MC Class of 2019 
Jack Neely, a historian, journalist, author and lecturer, delivered the commencement address to the Maryville College Class of 2019 on May 4. Here is the full text of his address, titled “Maryville College at 200: An American Rarity.”

Text: Randy Lambert’s baccalaureate address to the MC Class of 2019
Randy Lambert ’76, who recently retired from a nearly 40-year career as head coach of the Maryville College men’s basketball team, delivered the baccalaureate sermon to the Maryville College Class of 2019. Here is the full text of his sermon, titled “Success and Significance.”

Text: Mindy Reagan’s remarks to the Class of 2019
Mindy Reagan ’19, senior class president, gave remarks to the Class of 2019 during baccalaureate on May 4. Here is the full text of her remarks.

Maryville College is a nationally-ranked institution of higher learning and one of America’s oldest colleges. For more than 200 years, we’ve educated students to be giving citizens and gifted leaders, to study everything, so that they are prepared for anything — to address any problem, engage with any audience and launch successful careers right away. Located in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Knoxville, Maryville College offers nearly 1,200  students from around the world both the beauty of a rural setting and the advantages of an urban center, as well as more than 60 majors, seven pre-professional programs and career preparation from their first day on campus to their last. Today, our 10,000 alumni are living life strong of mind and brave of heart and are prepared, in the words of our Presbyterian founder, to “do good on the largest possible scale.”