by Jenny Gregory

CLEVELAND, Ga (TMNews) – The school year has come to an end for students at Truett-McConnell College as the largest undergraduate class in school history prepares to walk across the stage in cap and gown to receive their diploma, Saturday, May 16.

After four years of college, there have been many memories made on TMC’s campus. Late night exam cramming, hikes to Mt. Yonah, snow days on the front lawn, being coated in the first group of nursing students, spring flings, mission trips, dorm wars, basketball games, life lessons learned in weekly chapel services and relationships formed which will last a life time.

A word from TMC’s seniors

With life’s next chapter quickly approaching, those who are graduating offer a word of advice and encouragement to students who will return in the fall.

Carrie Can, an Early Childhood Education major, shared: “Study hard, but don’t forget to take breaks in between. That’s where the memories are made and the mountains are a gorgeous place to explore”

Danny Rice is a World Missions major and took this opportunity to share his favorite scripture with his fellow peers: Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matt 22:37-40)

Jake Brooks, a Business Administration major with a concentration in Christian Leadership, shared his advice by saying: “[C]onstantly seek to find Christ in all things: friendships, classes, jobs, struggles, conversations, and great moments. That brings eternal joy.”

Lauren Chancey, a Music major with a concentration in Contemporary Worship, said: “Sometimes it’s a little scary not knowing what’s next, but God has a plan and it’s far better than anything you can imagine. Cling to Him and He will show you the way.”

Thomas Johnson, a Music major with concentration in Contemporary Worship, said: “Dedicate yourself to your study, dedicate more of yourself to your friends, and dedicate all of your self to Jesus.”

Abbey Sellers is also a Music major with concentration in Contemporary Worship and shared: “In this journey of life, don’t worry about the ‘how’ or the ‘where’ or the ‘when.’ Remember the ‘Who.’ It is through Christ’s strength that you can accomplish all things.”

Zach Smith, a Business Marketing major, shared his advice by saying: “Don’t be afraid to step out and have fun. Make the most out of your college career.”

Joseph Fowler, a Christian Studies major, added: “Take advantage of every moment God has given you here. If you are with your friends or working hard, have fun and do it for the Lord. The time goes my fast, so love every minute of it!!”

Catherine Warren, a Music Education major tailored her advice to upcoming seniors: “Keep an up-to-date calendar handy because your year will be busy but remember to always be flexible and take time for spontaneous adventures!”

Meagan Taylor, a World Missions major, left an encouraging word and said: “You will never be too busy to minister to a classmate/teammate. Take advantage of every opportunity to invest in others.”

Hannah Minks, an English major, added: “Enjoy your time, and don’t put off the fun of getting work done.”

Kristen Loy, a Nursing major, said: “Find your passion and work hard to achieve your goals. Also, enjoy every minute of college!”

Bethani Cramer, a Christian Studies major, said: “My advice is to enjoy your time here at TMC! Make new friends, find a church to call home, and grow in your relationship with Christ.” Philippians 3:12-15

The TMC faculty and staff are excited to congratulate the class of 2015 on their outstanding accomplishment and for the hard work which has been put toward earning a degree.


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