The Spring Semester at East Texas Baptist University begins tomorrow (Jan.7). Yesterday students started to move back into the residential halls. The number of students returning yesterday was light but today it will be in full force. Classes resume bright and early tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.
Congratulations to the 72 students who were awarded degrees on Saturday, December 20, during Fall Commencement. Of those, 59 received baccalaureate degrees and 13 received master’s degrees. The Fred Hale School of Business had its first every graduates of the Master of Business in Entrepreneurial Leadership program with six. The new program began during the fall 2013 semester. The Schools of Christian Studies, Education and Natural and Social Sciences also awarded master degrees during commencement.
During fall commencement, Payton Beggs was presented the President’s Award by ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler.
The President’s Award is given to a graduating senior judged by the faculty to be the best all-around student enrolled in the University. The award includes scholastic ability and development, the degree of involvement in activities which reflect the ideals of the institution, character, integrity, and general attitude.
When Dr. Ressler called her named I was watching her as she sat among her fellow graduates. She was stunned. It appeared to me she said to herself, “Did he just call my name. Let me wait and make sure it was my named he called before I stand up.”
Payton is a young lady who was very involved during her time at ETBU. She told me she is going to miss the Hilltop very much.
The Wichita Falls native graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication. Earlier in the fall semester, she received the Bob and Gayle Riley Servant Leadership Award. During her time on the Hilltop, Payton was a member of the very successful ETBU Debate team as well as being involved in the ministries of the Baptist Student Ministry. She also led the worship service many times for Refuge that is held on Tuesday evenings. She attended Crossroads Baptist Church while a student at ETBU.
One of the joys of serving at ETBU is watching students achieve their educational goals by receiving their degrees from ETBU. As the spring semester begins, I am looking forward to commencement on May 2nd to witness again those who graduate from the Hilltop.
To see the Fall graduate list, click here.