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Mars Hill University Confers Degrees on 125

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Vachel Louis Bien-Aime’, a graduate from Moorestown, NJ and the senior class president, receives his diploma from MHU President Dan Lunsford.

“Everybody doesn’t have eyes to see; I want you to really see,” said Rev. Dr. Dixon Free, who gave the keynote address at Mars Hill University’s graduation on Saturday morning.

Free, former pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincolnton, North Carolina and current chair of the MHU Board of Trustees, told the graduates that taking the journey of life with eyes wide open would allow them to see and experience the fingerprints of God in the world around them.

Having eyes to see, he said, would also awaken them to the needs of others.

“This world is about more than just you and me,” he said. All around us are people who may be at a point of sickness, pain or dying, he said.

“They need you to see them, and not just pass by,” he said. “And when you see them, take the time and energy to minister to them.”

Free also called on the graduates to remember that all their decisions – whether moral, ethical or spiritual - ultimately would determine the direction of their lives.

On Saturday morning, Mars Hill University conferred bachelor’s degrees on 119 graduates, and master’s degrees on 6 graduates. The most popular major groups for the undergraduates were education (elementary, middle grades, integrated, special education, music education, physical education etc.); business (business administration and business management) and social work.

Ebony Simpson, an art major from Wingate, NC was the traditional age student speaker for the graduation. The adult and graduate studies (AGS) student speaker was Nathan Rice, a social work major from Asheville, NC. The invocation was given by India Ellis, a business administration major from Spruce Pine, NC.

Seniors Carter Benge and Brett Pardue performed “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from The Sound of Music. Benge is a computer science and music major from Fayetteville, NC and Pardue is a music performance major from Elkin, NC.