Around the State: San Marcos Baptist Academy graduates 62

David Hardage, executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, delivered the commencement address at the graduation ceremony for San Marcos Baptist Academy. (Photo: SMBA/Don Anders)

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San Marcos Baptist Academy presented diplomas to 62 high school graduates during its 106th annual commencement. David Hardage, executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, delivered the commencement address (see photo above). The class of 2014 included students from 10 foreign countries, three states other than Texas and 11 Texas cities.

East Texas Baptist University conferred degrees on 145 graduates during its spring commencement ceremony. etbu robison300Evangelist James Robison delivered the charge to the 145 students who received degrees during East Texas Baptist University’s spring commencement ceremony. (Photo: ETBU/Ryan C. Perry)One hundred twenty-seven received bachelor’s degrees, and 18 earned master’s degrees. Evangelist James Robison delivered the charge to the graduates and also received an honorary doctor of divinity degree. Robison entered East Texas Baptist College in 1962 as a freshman but left school to pursue his evangelism ministry. He is the founder of LIFE Outreach International, which helps feed more than 400,000 children throughout Africa each day and has provided more than 4,000 water wells in 40 countries.

Buckner Children and Family Services will host a prayer vigil for the 2,500 children in foster care in Dallas County May 27 from 7:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Buckner office, 5200 South Buckner in Dallas. People of all ages are invited to participate. For additional information, click here. (

The eight choirs of the Singing Women of Texas will singing women150combine to present their 20th anniversary concert at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas at 7 p.m. June 28. Concert admission is free, but an offering will be taken to benefit Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery.

Hardin-Simmons University presented 217 bachelor’s degrees, 48 master’s degrees and four doctorates to students during spring commencement ceremonies. John Neese, HSU director of athletics, gave the charge during the morning ceremony, while Leta Tillman, professor and interlibrary loan librarian, held that honor in the afternoon.

One hundred fifty-five Howard Payne University students graduated during its spring commencement ceremony. An honorary doctor of letters degree also was presented to Carol McDonald. HPU President Bill Ellis delivered the charge to students.

Wayland Baptist University celebrated spring commencement with 105 students participating in graduation exercises. Wayland President Paul Armes delivered the address to graduates.

The Snider Scholarship for Women in Ministry has been established at the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute. The scholarship will provide financial support to female students training for a master’s degree in counseling.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary awarded degrees to 200 students during spring commencement, including 27 undergraduate degrees, 153 master’s degrees and 26 doctoral degrees. Twenty-six of the graduates claimed Texas as their home state. President Paige Patterson gave the commencement address.


Weidner Road Baptist Church in San Antonio, 60th, June 22. Ray McLeaird is pastor.

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