More than 700 students will celebrate their graduation at Lynchburg College’s 2017 Commencement.
The procession will begin on the Dell at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 20. Chad Hobson, the recipient of the Robert L. Hill Distinguished Senior award, will carry the Class of 2017 banner. Dr. Christopher Boyd, a 1997 graduate of Lynchburg College, former president of the Student Government Association, and a new member of the Board of Trustees, will deliver the Commencement address. Although he began his career in the printing and advertising industry, he is now an executive pastor for a church near Atlanta, Georgia. (Learn more about the Commencement speaker.)
The ceremony will be live streamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nyjo2o19j68 and on the Lynchburg College homepage.
The Class of 2017 includes about 480 undergraduates and more than 220 graduate students. These students have engaged in a wide variety of academic and co-curricular activities in their time at Lynchburg. More than 100 have studied abroad, and 68 of the undergraduates were student-athletes on varsity teams. About 150 are graduating with academic honors, including 23 graduating summa cum laude.
More than 30 international students are celebrating Commencement, including more than 20 students from Nigeria who attended Lynchburg College with the support of their government. Two Nigerian government officials are attending Commencement.
Weather forecasts currently call for a chance of rain on Saturday morning. If weather conditions require a change in the Commencement schedule, such changes will be announced on lynchburg.edu, Lynchburg College social media, and the College’s weather-related schedule information line, 434-544-SNOW. Alternative scheduling options include postponing Commencement until noon on the Dell or postponing to 1 p.m. in Turner Gymnasium (with the gymnasium doors opening at noon).