Administration speak at commencements
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) -- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s president and a vice president have both spoken at graduation commencements of school’s other than Southwestern this spring.
President Paige Patterson delivered the keynote address at the baccalaureate service at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., May 14, and spoke at the university’s graduation ceremony along with national Fox radio host Glenn Beck, May 15.
Liberty University, founded in 1971 by the late Jerry Falwell Sr., is the largest private university in Virginia and is known for its conservative Evangelical stance.
“Liberty University is blessed to have two national conservative leaders speak at our 2010 Commencement ceremony,” said Jerry Falwell Jr., chancellor of Liberty University.
“Dr. Patterson is one of the patriarchs of Christian higher education, and Beck is one of the few courageous voices in the national media standing up for the principles upon which this nation was founded. Both speakers continue Liberty’s long tradition of commencement speakers who are making a positive impact on society in all walks of life.”
Thomas White, Southwestern’s vice president for student services and communications, delivered the commencement address at Southern Bible Institute in Dallas, May 2. Southern Bible Institute (SBI) was founded in 1927 under the leadership of Edmund H. Ironside to train young, black preachers. Today, SBI trains men and women from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds for Gospel ministry.