category: Campus News

Carson-Newman graduates challenged to “sprint toward goals”

Click here to view photos from Spring Commencement 2015 on the University’s Facebook page.

(May 8, 2015) – Carson-Newman University held its 2015 Spring Commencement on Friday, May 8. Bradley Williams, president and CEO of Holston United Methodist Home for Children in Greeneville addressed the some 260 graduates and their families during the morning’s undergraduate ceremony. The event was held at the University’s Burke-Tarr Stadium.

Williams focused on what he called “subtle details in the Easter story” to draw graduates’ attention to their “faith and future.”

He offered a life lesson from John’s gospel where the writer notes having outrun Peter to the empty tomb on resurrection morning. Supposing that Peter was hindered by his memory of betraying Christ, Williams counseled his audience, “Do not let guilt or regret keep you from sprinting toward your goals.

Williams has been with Holston Home since 2002, beginning as vice president for program services before being promoted to chief operating officer and eventually president and CEO. He has served as the board president of the Tennessee Alliance for Children and Families, and as the former deputy director of the Cumberland County Department of Social Services in North Carolina.

With more than 20 years of service in the field, Williams has served in numerous leadership roles at various faith-based private non-profit and for-profit family services agencies.

The University also held its graduate commencement ceremony Friday evening with Dr. David Crutchley addressing some 90 graduates. Crutchley serves as chair of Carson-Newman’s Religion Department.

Crutchley teaches upper-level New Testament electives that include “Sermon on the Mount,” “The Fourth Gospel” and “Paul.” He joined Carson-Newman’s faculty in 2004. He grew up in southern Africa and leads Carson-Newman’s annual summer trip to Cape Town, South Africa for his course, “Being Fully Human: Spirituality Out of Africa.”

Crutchley is involved in the Baptist World Alliance and serves as senior interim pastor at First Baptist Church of Dandridge.


Commencement 2015 at Carson-NewmanThe future of our graduates is so bright they need shades! We hope you enjoy these. From University Relations to the Class of 2015: Congratulations!We’re cheering for you!

Posted by Carson-Newman University on Friday, May 8, 2015

Previous Post

Young Women of Promise gifts new campus swing to future students

Next Post

Carson-Newman again named a 2015-16 "College of Distinction" and "Christian College of Distinction"

Related Posts

  • Campus News

    Lemus-Guzman and Tuberville presented Carson-Newman’s Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

    Carson-Newman University announced that German Lemus-Guzman and Aiden Tuberville are recipients of the 2024 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. The recognition, announced during C-N’s Honors Convocation, is the highest honor the […]

  • Campus News

    University presents highest faculty, staff honors

    Carson-Newman University presented some of its highest awards to faculty and staff during its 55th annual Honors Convocation on April 18. Those honored during the special event were Dr. Thomas […]

  • Campus News

    Moser Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Launched at Carson-Newman

    The future of creative enterprise received a boost Tuesday as Carson-Newman University unveiled the new Moser Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, expanding learning opportunities for both students and the business community […]