Watch Gardner-Webb Commencement Online–IMPORTANT UPDATES FOR GRADUATES

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BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Gardner-Webb University will award approximately 690 degrees during its spring commencement exercises on Monday, May 14.  Three separate commencement ceremonies will take place throughout the day in the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center (LYCC).  For the first time in University history, the ceremonies will also be broadcast live via online stream for those who cannot physically attend.

The free live stream will be available at: That page will also feature a PDF version of the commencement program, so viewers can follow along as the graduates’ names are called.  On the day of graduation, links to the live stream will also be prominently displayed on Gardner-Webb’s homepage,

The Spring 2012 commencement ceremonies will feature several milestones for Gardner-Webb, including the University’s 25,000th degree awarded (all programs, all levels) since becoming a senior college in 1971.  The University will also award its 7,000th bachelor’s degree in business, its 1,500th associate’s degree in nursing, its 1,000th bachelor’s degree in nursing, and its first ever Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees.

The traditional undergraduate ceremony begins at 10 a.m.  Two students will offer commencement addresses in that ceremony: Chelsea R. Usher, of Hendersonville, N.C., receiving her Bachelor of Arts in English; and Savanna R. Yount, of Lattimore, N.C., receiving her Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

Kyle B. Wilkinson, a psychology major from Lincolnton, N.C., will offer the invocation, and Jordan H. Love, journalism major and president of the student government association, will bring greetings from the students.  Sara K. Jolley, a communication studies major from Lincolnton, will read scripture.

At 3 p.m., the University will honor undergraduate degree candidates in the Greater Opportunities for Adult Learners (GOAL) program. Adam A. Reep, who will receive his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services, will offer the commencement address.  Heather S. Wyatt, an accounting major from Gaffney, S.C., will offer the invocation, and Stacie J. Patterson, a nursing major from Statesville, N.C., will read scripture.

The commencement ceremony for Gardner-Webb’s graduate programs is at 7 p.m.  Three students will offer commencement addresses in that ceremony: Juan L. Cherry of Shelby, N.C., receiving his Master of Arts in School Counseling; Billy D. Houze of Kings Mountain, N.C., receiving his Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Counseling; and Alayna Powell Robst of Mooresboro, N.C., receiving her Master of Business Administration.

Cassaundra H. Hefner of Hickory, N.C., who is among the University’s first ever class of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduates, will offer the invocation.  Paulette Porter-Hallmon, receiving her Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Counseling, will read scripture.

More information about commencement is available at 704-406-4260 or online at