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Mitchell to address Gordon grads Friday

Gordon will reach another milestone as the first class of students to earn bachelor’s degrees in biology is awarded diplomas during commencement exercises Friday, May 11 at 8:30 a.m. Other degrees to be awarded include bachelor’s in early childhood education, bachelor of science in nursing, associate of science in nursing as well as associate degrees in different programs of study. There are some 583 candidates for graduation. Graduates, administration, faculty members and Marshal Stephen Raynie will be led in procession onto Lambdin Green by bagpiper Michael Grest. The bagpiper is a long-held tradition for Gordon College and bows to the Scottish Highland roots of General John B. Gordon for whom the college is named. Ed Mitchell Jr., a trustee on the Gordon College Foundation, will address the graduates. Graduate Lauren Wyatte will deliver the invocation while Jenny Brooks will deliver the benediction. During the program the Gordon College Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of James Wallace, will perform ‘Climb Every Mountain,’ the Gordon College Alma Mater, and will close the program with ‘The Lord Bless You and Keep You.’ At 10:30 a.m. nursing graduates will take part in a pinning ceremony in Alumni Memorial Hall. At 10:45 a.m. the Bell and Book Ceremony will be held in the Fine Arts Auditorium for graduates of the Early Childhood Education program.

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