First Posted: 5/11/2015
CLARKS SUMMIT — Summit University’s class of 2015 was the first to graduate under the school’s new name and university status. This year’s event marked 83 years of graduates in the history of the school, formerly Baptist Bible College and Seminary.
The Commencement Service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9 in the Recreation Center on Summit University’s 141-acre campus.
Summit University alumnus Glen Lavy challenged graduates during the commencement address, focusing on Hebrews 11:13 and “Heroes of the Faith Keep the Faith.” Lavy serves as corporate counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, which works to defend religious freedom, marriage, family, and the sanctity of human life.
Summit University’s 10th president Dr. James Lytle opened the commencement ceremony, followed by invocation by Dr. John Greening, chairman of the Board of Trustees. The university’s Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers performed Excerpts from Requiem by John Rutter.
Brittaney Lynn Tassell, of Scranton, addressed the audience as a graduate student speaker. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, earning her master of education degree in the secondary English program with a 4.0 grade point average.
Diplomas were awarded to approximately 270 students in undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs, ranging from one-year Bible certificates to doctorate degrees.