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Congratulations to the Class of 2013!

May 21, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

Dr. David B. Burks

Dr. David B. Burks

HST graduated 25 students (26 degrees!) Saturday, May 18. Dr. David B. Burks, who is retiring after 26 years as president of Harding University, delivered the commencement address. Dr. Allen Black, Professor of New Testament, gave the message from the faculty, and President-Designate Dr. Bruce McLarty offered the benediction. Dr. Leon Sanderson, President of the HST Alumni Association, served as worship leader.

There were many highlights of the day, but two stand out.

Quintin Baker

Baker in the HST Library

First, Quintin Baker, an HST student who passed away last summer at the age of 26, was honored with a Certificate of Recognition. His family was present and Patrick Baker, Quintin’s father, addressed the graduates and their families with a message of hope at the luncheon following commencement.

Second, Kyle Hooper graduated with the Master of Divinity. Kyle’s father and grandfather are also HST alumni, which makes Kyle the first third-generation student to graduate from HST.

The audience sings "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" to our graduates.

The audience sings “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” to our graduates.

 

And now, the class of 2013:

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts is an academically focused degree with a thesis requirement.

Glenn R. Hawley
James Andrew Sowers
John Paul Suchecki

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

The MACM is a specialized degree focusing on a specific ministry area such as church planting, missions, or youth ministry.

Alan T. Arneson
Stephan Mark Connors
Marek Dawidow
Jared King
Christine Lynette Parker
Joe Thomas Spivy, Jr.

Master of Arts in Counseling

The MA in Counseling degree fulfills the educational requirement to sit for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for the state of Tennessee.

Michelle Bates
Jessi R. Berger
David Edwin Mars
James Michael Piiparinen
Anastasia R. Randolph

Master of Divinity

The M.Div. degree is a broad degree (84 semester hours) that prepares students for a lifetime of ministry and leadership.

Gary Franklin Baird
Minku Andrew Chang
Chase Brandon Froud
Charles E. Fulbright, Jr.
Dennis Kyle Hooper
Chauncey Smith Hopkins
Craig M. Poole
Lewis Edward Short, III
James Andrew Sowers

Doctor of Ministry

The D.Min. degree builds on the work of the M.Div. and gives ministers even greater skills for their particular area of ministry. The dissertation focuses on an area of their current ministry setting.

Matthew Wayne Morine
Ryan Donald Richardson
Thomas Shannon Snow

Congratulations!

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