category: Campus News Bush Brothers chairman speaks to Carson-Newman University graduates category: Campus News | December 10, 2014 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Graduate Commencement Ceremony Click here to see more graduation photos on Carson-Newman’s Facebook page. (Dec. 12, 2014) – Carson-Newman University held its Undergraduate Winter Commencement Ceremony on Friday morning, Dec. 12. During the service, the University graduated some 60 students before family and friends in Holt Fieldhouse. James Ethier, chairman of the board for Bush Brothers & Company, delivered the commencement address. Ethier said his family’s enterprise is rooted in integrity, responsibility, trust and commitment. Ethier said it easy to answer questions about the key to being one of America’s most successful food companies for more than a century: “Because we have been willing to change what we do, but not who we are.” “It is not enough to aspire to be a common man or woman,” he intoned. “We must seek to be uncommon.” The previous evening, Carson-Newman graduated over 40 graduate students in a ceremony held in the sanctuary of Jefferson City’s First Baptist Church. Dr. Bill Blevins, professor emeritus of counseling and 1959 alumnus, addressed the class.