Dr. Thomas V. Brisco, Provost, will give the commencement address at Saturday's graduation ceremonies. Dr. Brisco will retire at the end of this year, and his address will be one of the final opportunities for students, parents, and alumni to hear from him before retirement.
Dr. Brisco, Professor of Old Testament Studies and Archaeology, has served as HSU's Provost and Chief Academic Officer since 2010. During that time, he provided leadership to the academic side of the University to meet strategic goals - such as instituting the first academic programs being offered completely online at HSU. He provided oversight in the establishment of the Doctor of Education in Leadership, the Physician Assistant Program, and the revision of the University's General Education requirements.
Prior to being named Provost, he served for seven years as the Dean of the Logsdon School of Theology, where he was instrumental in obtaining the approval for the Doctor of Ministry degree and achieving accreditation for the Logsdon Seminary from the Association of Theological Schools.
He has served as an archaeological consultant for Biblical Illustrator magazine, contributed articles to a number of periodicals and reference works, and is the editor of the
Holman Bible Atlas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Ouachita Baptist University and both a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Brisco will address both the 10 a.m. and the 2 p.m. graduates in Behrens Auditorium on Saturday.
Of the candidates for graduation, 111 students are earning bachelor's degrees, 54 students are earning master's degrees, 16 are earning MBAEs, and 29 students are earning doctorates.
Distinguished by gold honor cords, 13 students will be graduating cum laude, 9 magna cum laude, and 6 summa cum laude. Two students will be recognized for earning a perfect grade-point average.
During the 10 a.m. ceremony, degrees will be conferred to students graduating from the Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts, the Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics, Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, and Logsdon School of Theology.
During the 2 p.m. commencement, degrees will be conferred to students in the Kelley College of Business, College of Human
Sciences and Educational Studies, and College of Fine Arts.
Immediately following both commencement ceremonies, an informal reception for graduates, guests, and faculty/staff at the Alumni Wall in Centennial Plaza, located just west of Behrens Auditorium. Graduates will find a replica of the plaque that will bear their names as new alumni of HSU.