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May 14--  Members of the Class of 2013 at Brewton Parker College celebrated their graduation Saturday. 

{mosimage}BPC student Lauralee Price congratulates her friend Laura Veale following the May 11 ceremony on the Mount Vernon campus. (Story courtesy Amanda Corbin, Photos by Lauren Moye)

Brewton-Parker College held Commencement Ceremonies for the Class of 2013 Saturday, May 11 on the Mount Vernon campus inside Saliba Chapel. Special guest speaker for the ceremony was the Honorable Chief Judge John Ellington of the Georgia Court of Appeals.

{mosimage}Ellington spoke to the graduates about service and leadership. “The people you meet and the friends you make will make a difference,” he said. “Help build brighter futures for the state of Georgia. Serve others and get involved in your communities, and you know you will have made a difference.”

Following a processional of faculty and degree candidates led by Professor Zeke Addison, faculty grand marshal, Rev. Karl Hay, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon and BPC Board of Trustees Member, gave the invocation. Dr. David Wilson, BPC Assistant Professor of Church Music, led the ceremony attendees in the college’s Alma Mater, and Dr. Charlie Bass, BPC Vice President of Student Services, gave the benediction.

Local graduates of the Class of 2013 included:

Mt. Vernon

Jennifer Joan Blaylock, A.A.

Blake Shawn Conner, B.S. in Biology

January Lashley Conner, B.A. in Psychology

Richard Anthony Purcell, B.A. in Christian Studies


Marissa Jayne Brown, B.A. in Human Services

Elisa D. Gordy, B.A. in Communication

Yolanda Hernandez, A.A. and B.B.A. with a concentration in Management

Clarke Wright Johnson, B.A in History

Laura Johnson, A.A.

Lisa Belinda Taylor, B.A. in Psychology


Crystal Seagle, B.F.A. in Creative Expressions

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