Sanderson Challenges Lee Grads: “Don’t Be a Nowhere Man”
By Karen Chambless
Lee University conferred more than 250 degrees Saturday, Dec. 12 in its winter commencement ceremony. Graduates, faculty, family, and friends filled the festively decorated Conn Center for the event where speaker Dr. Carla Sanderson addressed attendees.
Sanderson, the vice president of accreditation and professional regulation at Chamberlain College of Nursing, previously served for 32 years as provost and executive vice president for strategic initiatives at Union University. She has been a leader in nursing education, at Union, and at Chamberlain.
Sanderson encouraged graduates to seek their vocational identity and to help God make something out of their lives. She quoted several songs to make her point including The Beatles’ “Nowhere Man” and “Little Drummer Boy.”
Of the degrees conferred on Saturday, over 220 were bachelor’s degrees. The winter commencement event is one of three graduation weekends at Lee each year, the other two being in May and August.
During the commencement ceremony, the Lee University Chorale provided special music.
Saturday’s ceremony was preceded by the Commissioning Service on Friday night, which featured several graduating participants including six student speakers sharing their experiences at Lee. These included Madison Alexander, Victoria Brock, Jordan Freshwater, Alonzo Malvarez, Derek Murray, and Kelsie Wymore. Nikki Byrd gave the invocation, Jonathan Campbell welcomed the crowd, and Myia Williams closed with the benediction.
(Photo by Mike Wesson)