ETBU Spring 2022 Launch Services Return to Pre-Pandemic Celebrations | Education

MARSHALL, Texas – East Texas Baptist University held two Spring Launch Ceremonies to honor Spring 2022 graduates on Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn, presided over the ceremonies as 186 students received the undergraduate. degrees and 22 graduate degrees obtained, for a total of 208 graduates.

“Graduating class of 2022, congratulations on your graduation,” Dr. Blackburn said. “This is a remarkable accomplishment, indeed a tremendous accomplishment, for which we are very proud of you. Your journey in pursuing, discovering, and applying God’s truths does not end here on this hill. The beginning at East Texas Baptist is a celebration of your bachelor’s and master’s degrees. We rejoice with your family, friends, staff, and teachers as you watch you grow mentally, physically, and spiritually. We are delighted to see you follow God’s call in your life.






ETBU Associate Professor of History, Dr Jenny Hoover, gave the keynote address to the Schools of Communication and Performing Arts, Natural and Social Sciences and Nursing.








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ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn presents the President’s Award for the Spring Class of 2022 to Christian Lee Phillips, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science.


This spring, after two years of varying health and safety guidelines and restrictions, the University returned to its pre-pandemic pomp and circumstance festivities. The graduates, whose majority of their college experience has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, were able to end their time on the Hill in a truly festive way.

“The fact that I don’t have to walk through this scene with a mask covering my face and that I have the ability to shake hands with Dr. Blackburn is priceless to me,” said Creed Spenrath, graduate in ETBU voice communication. “My time on the Hill has truly been amazing and an experience I am forever grateful for. The friendships, experiences and knowledge I gained from this place is something I cannot put a price tag on. ETBU has been a place that pushed me, encouraged me and, more importantly, pointed me in the direction God has for my life.”

The keynote speaker for the first ceremony was GraceWorks Counseling Ministry pastor Ken Brumley. Brumley graduated in 1977 from East Texas Baptist University and holds a master’s degree with a major in marriage and family counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.







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Dr. Jeph Holloway receives the 2022 Professor with Distinction Award from Dr. Tommy Sanders. Dr Holloway joined ETBU in 2001, and is currently Professor of Christian Ministry and John Harris Endowed Chair in Christian Studies.


“When I came to ETBC I was a broken young man in need of God’s grace,” Brumley said. “It was here that I experienced God’s cleansing forgiveness. Speaking at this beginning brings back powerful memories of God’s faithfulness and love.”

ETBU Associate Professor of History, Dr Jenny Hoover, gave the keynote address to the Schools of Communication and Performing Arts, Natural and Social Sciences and Nursing. She encouraged graduates to leave their communities on the Hill and find new communities that bring them closer to Christ.

“Graduates, your work over the past few years has brought you to this moment and we are here as a community to recognize your work and send you into the work God has called you to,” Dr. Hoover said. “As you reflect on your time on the Hill, I want you to see a greater community at work preparing you to be a servant Christian leader in the life to which God has called you. of the administration has been to model community for you, sharing your burdens and lifting you up in prayer.When the teachers carried your refrigerators and shoe collection to your dorm room on move-in day, we shared your burden. When a faculty member came to your side and patiently helped you solve a math problem, they shared your burden.As you leave this place today and step out into the world to shine the light of Christ, find a church fellowship that will help you live out your call to serve with all your mind, body, and soul.”







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East Texas Baptist University held two Spring Launch Ceremonies to honor Spring 2022 graduates on Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn presided over the ceremonies while 186 students received undergraduate degrees and 22 earned graduate degrees, for a total of 208 graduates.








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East Texas Baptist University held two Spring Launch Ceremonies to honor Spring 2022 graduates on Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn presided over the ceremonies while 186 students received undergraduate degrees and 22 earned graduate degrees, for a total of 208 graduates.


Each semester, ETBU President Blackburn presents an award to a graduate who represents a Christian leader, scholar and servant within the campus and local community. Christian Lee Phillips, a graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science, received the President’s Award for the Class of Spring 2022. A native of Murphy, Texas, Phillips has consistently demonstrated ETBU’s core commitments during his stay on the Hill. His humble spirit and servant’s heart, as well as his demonstrated leadership, distinguished him in the classroom, the mission field, and in ministry—especially, Baptist student ministry, where he served as a small group leader. , Evangelism Team Member, Prayer Team Member and BSM President. Christian maintained a GPA of 3.95 and remained on the President’s list every semester at ETBU. Her academic excellence earned her admission to the prestigious Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Texas Women’s University. In addition to Christian’s academic accomplishments and his leadership as a residence and BSM assistant, Christian has also participated in two mission trips to Beach Reach and is a children’s ministry intern at Mobberly Baptist Church in Marshall.

His mentors have this to say about him: “He shows the heart of a true disciple-maker and servant-leader.” And “Christian does his best to be the hands and feet of Jesus through encouragement and service.”







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East Texas Baptist University held two Spring Launch Ceremonies to honor Spring 2022 graduates on Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn presided over the ceremonies while 186 students received undergraduate degrees and 22 earned graduate degrees, for a total of 208 graduates.


In 2013, ETBU established recognition for faculty who excel in service, scholarship, teaching and the integration of faith and learning. Dr Jeph Holloway received the 2022 Professor with Distinction Award. Dr Holloway joined ETBU in 2001, and is currently Professor of Christian Ministry and John Harris Endowed Chair in Christian Studies. One student said of Dr. Holloway, “His office door is always open for students who have problems, need advice, or just need to talk.”

A colleague explains Dr. Holloway’s approach to integrating his Christian faith into his interactions with students in this way: “He never tries to make this challenge easy or succumbs to the temptation to oversimplify what it means to live a Christian life, and his students worship him for it.”

Another colleague observes that “Dr. Holloway is a scholar who, in faith, has spent his life studying the most important questions that people can ask. and by extension, the lives of countless others. Dr. Holloway is a role model for all of us as we teach and learn in our call to live the life God created us to be.







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East Texas Baptist University held two Spring Launch Ceremonies to honor Spring 2022 graduates on Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn presided over the ceremonies while 186 students received undergraduate degrees and 22 earned graduate degrees, for a total of 208 graduates.








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East Texas Baptist University held two Spring Launch Ceremonies to honor Spring 2022 graduates on Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn presided over the ceremonies while 186 students received undergraduate degrees and 22 earned graduate degrees, for a total of 208 graduates.








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East Texas Baptist University held two Spring Launch Ceremonies to honor Spring 2022 graduates on Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn presided over the ceremonies while 186 students received undergraduate degrees and 22 earned graduate degrees, for a total of 208 graduates.








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East Texas Baptist University held two Spring Launch Ceremonies to honor Spring 2022 graduates on Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn presided over the ceremonies while 186 students received undergraduate degrees and 22 earned graduate degrees, for a total of 208 graduates.








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East Texas Baptist University held two Spring Launch Ceremonies to honor Spring 2022 graduates on Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn presided over the ceremonies while 186 students received undergraduate degrees and 22 earned graduate degrees, for a total of 208 graduates.








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East Texas Baptist University held two Spring Launch Ceremonies to honor Spring 2022 graduates on Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn presided over the ceremonies while 186 students received undergraduate degrees and 22 earned graduate degrees, for a total of 208 graduates.








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East Texas Baptist University hosted two Spring Launch Ceremonies to honor Spring 2022 graduates on Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn presided over the ceremonies while 186 students received undergraduate degrees and 22 earned graduate degrees, for a total of 208 graduates.


Richard F. Gandhi