Gardner-Webb University Fall Commencement Exercises Held Dec. 16

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Two Ceremonies Planned to Celebrate Conferring of More than 550 Degrees 

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Gardner-Webb University will award over 550 degrees during the 2013 fall commencement exercises on Monday, Dec. 16.  Ceremonies are planned for 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Paul Porter Arena of the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center, located on the campus of Gardner-Webb University.

Of the two ceremonies planned, the first at 10 a.m. will honor over 350 students who have successfully completed graduate programs while the second ceremony at 3 p.m. will focus on the achievements of nearly 200 students in the traditional undergraduate and GOAL programs of study.  Various students will participate in the morning and afternoon ceremonies by offering the invocation, delivering commencement speeches, and reading scripture.  Selected graduates will be honored with the Senior Scholastic Achievement Award and the Darlene J. Gravett Citizen Scholar Award.

Both ceremonies will be available for viewing online via live stream.  Simply visit the Gardner-Webb University web page at and click on the live stream link available on Dec. 16.  In addition, the University encourages attendees to use the hashtag “#WebbGrad2013″ for social media posts including photos, tweets, and Facebook status updates.

An Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters will be presented to longtime former Gardner-Webb faculty member and vice president Dr. Gil Blackburn during the graduate programs ceremony at 10 a.m.  He will serve as the commencement speaker during the 3 p.m. undergraduate/GOAL programs ceremony.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University’s purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education by preparing graduates for professional and personal success, instilling in them a deep commitment to service and leadership, and equipping them for well-rounded lives of lasting impact, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity).