By Blue Mountain College Media Relations
BLUE MOUNTAIN – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker challenged the largest graduating class in the 137-year history of Blue Mountain College on Saturday to engage in a spirit of charity and volunteerism.
“While it is certainly OK to be successful in worldly ways,” Wicker, R-Miss, told the 106 undergraduate and 12 graduate students receiving degrees, “your obligation to give back to society goes way up.
“It is scriptural and it is as American as apple pie to give and to serve. Volunteerism is the quintessential American trait, and the Mississippi spirit of charity is nationally recognized.”
Dr. Bettye Rogers Coward, BMC president, said the 2010 commencement was “another first” for the private, liberal arts college in north Mississippi.
“The college has experienced a number of ‘firsts’ over the past five years,” Coward said, “and today is another first: The 2010 graduating class is the largest ever at Blue Mountain College.
“Today’s graduate students represent the third class of recipients of the master of education in elementary education degree after the (BMC) launched its first-ever graduate program in the summer of 2007,” she said. “The graduate program in education is making it possible for Blue Mountain College to play an even more significant role in the region.”
The 2010 class members represent five states – Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Tennessee.