2016 Commencement

Barton College Announces 2016 Graduates

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WILSON, N.C. — Two hundred and thirty-seven Barton College seniors received diplomas on Sunday, May 14, during the school’s 114th annual commencement exercises. Participating in the ceremony were Barton students who completed their baccalaureate degree requirements in December 2015 and May 2016, and baccalaureate candidates who expect to fulfill requirements over the summer. Master Degree Graduates and Baccalaureate Degree Graduates are listed by their hometowns; their names are followed by degrees and majors and, where applicable, honors will appear in parentheses. Baccalaureate Degree Graduates obtaining a grade point average of 3.90 or higher are graduated summa cum laude; 3.60 or higher, magna cum laude; and 3.30 or higher, cum laude. […]

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Barton College’s 114th Commencement Scheduled for Saturday, May 14

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Photo – Faculty Marshal Ron Eggers with the Barton College Mace at Commencement WILSON, N.C. — Gregg A. DeMar, chair of the Barton College Board of Trustees, will be the featured speaker at the 114th annual commencement exercises of Barton College scheduled for Saturday, May 14, on center campus at 1:30 p.m. Wilson Gymnasium is the rain site. Dr. Douglas N. Searcy will preside over his first commencement program as president of Barton College. Dr. Gary Daynes, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will present the 2016 Class of 237 undergraduate and graduate students. DeMar will receive the Doctor of Business degree, honoris causa, from Barton College during the commencement […]

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Board of Trustees Chair Gregg A. DeMar Slated to Speak at Barton College’s 114th Commencement

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WILSON, N.C. — April 28, 2016 — Gregg A. DeMar will be the featured speaker at the 114th annual commencement exercises of Barton College in Wilson, scheduled for Saturday, May 14. A retired IBM business executive, DeMar has served as chair of the Barton College Board of Trustees since 2011. He has served on the College’s Board of Trustees for 21 years. “We are delighted to welcome Chair Gregg DeMar as this year’s commencement speaker,” said Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College. “As he speaks to our graduating seniors and master’s degree candidates, he will share a message that is shaped by his wealth of experience and expertise. When I first […]

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Moliere’s Tartuffe Opens on the Barton Stage April 21

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Tartuffe will be performed on Thursday and Saturday, April 21 and 23, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, April 24, at 3 p.m. (Tickets at the Door) WILSON, N.C. — April 20, 2016 — “For millennia, theatre has been a principle means of showcasing man’s heroic nature, while exposing his tragic flaws,” shares Adam Twiss, director of Theatre at Barton. “Since antiquity, theatre and dramatic literature have been rife with satire, providing a generally comedic platform for discourse on our ironic tendency toward self-serving extremes. As we tumble headlong into a season of political punditry, positioning, and platitudes, what better diversion than one of theatre’s most deliciously scandalous and salacious […]

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2016 Senior Showcase Opens in Barton Art Galleries on April 23

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“Samantha” Photograph by senior Amber Baker WILSON, N.C. – April 18, 2016 — Barton College is pleased to announce the opening of 2016 Senior Showcase on Saturday, April 23, with an evening reception to be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Barton Art Galleries in Case Art Building on the campus of Barton College. The community is invited to attend. Twenty seniors within the School of Visual, Performing, and Communications Arts will have their works on view in the Barton Art Galleries through May 15. These seniors and their majors include: John Aranda of El Paso, Texas, Video Broadcast & Production; Amber Baker of Nashville, Graphic Design & Photography; Courtney […]

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Barton College/Wilson Symphony to feature acclaimed Canadian pianist Jeremy Thompson on May 1

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WILSON, N.C. — April 19, 2016 — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present their Spring Concert on Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the Barton campus. The symphony welcomes back to the Barton stage noted pianist Jeremy Thompson performing Franz Liszt’s brilliant, orchestrated version of Franz Schubert’s “Wanderer Fantasy.” “Jeremy has performed with us several times, and always with remarkable success,” said Barton music director Mark N. Peterson. “This year, he’s playing something that is really a specialty of his, the flamboyantly pyrotechnical music of Franz Liszt. The original Schubert work is a spectacular, rollicking piece, and Liszt’s stunning arrangement transforms it into a […]

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36th Annual Purcell Bible Conference and Sprinkle Lectures Hosted by Barton College at Greenville Convention Center

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WILSON, N.C. — April 19, 2016 — Barton College and the Barton College Center for Religious Studies will host the 36th annual E.G. Purcell, Jr., Bible Conference and the Thedford G. and Woodrow W. Sprinkle Lectures at the 168th Regional Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina to be held at the Greenville Convention Center in Greenville. The Sprinkle Lecture will take place on Friday, April 22, at the Ministers and Mates Luncheon, an event for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) ministers and spouses. The lecturer is the Reverend Dr. Ronald J. Allen, Professor of Preaching and Gospels and Letters at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Ind. The […]

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Barton College Prepares for Inauguration Week April 12-17

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WILSON, N.C. — March 31, 2016 — Barton College will mark April 15, 2016 as an historic occasion in its annals when the campus community welcomes guests from across the country for the Inauguration of President Douglas N. Searcy, Ph.D. The College announced Dr. Searcy, as its 12th President on January 9, 2015, and officially welcomed him into office on July 1, 2015. In addition to formally installing Dr. Searcy as the President, the Inauguration provides a public platform for him to announce his vision for the College. Dr. Searcy’s inauguration address is titled “A Call To Boldness” and will highlight the recently completed strategic plan for Barton College. Inauguration Week — […]

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New York Times Bestselling Author Christina Baker Kline Will Speak at Barton’s Friends of Hackney Library Event on April 12

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WILSON, N.C. — March 21, 2016 – The Barton College Friends of Hackney Library will host New York Times bestselling author Christina Baker Kline at its annual spring lecture/dinner event on Tuesday, April 12. A book signing and wine reception will be held from 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will follow at 7:15 p.m. The event will be held in Hardy Alumni Hall on the Barton College campus. Admission for the event is $35 per person. Admission for members of the Friends of Hackney Library and for Barton College faculty, staff, students and their spouses is $30 per person. Space is limited, and […]

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“Walking into April” Poetry Day Scheduled for Saturday, April 9

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WILSON, N.C. — March 21, 2016 — Make plans to attend the annual “Walking into April Poetry Day” to be held at Barton College on Saturday, April 9, in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. This year brings another distinguished group of poets to celebrate the written word in the spirit of Sam Ragan. Featured poets for the “Walking into April” morning sessions are Diana Pinckney and David Radavich. The day will also feature Eric Weil, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for Eastern North Carolina, and the Gilbert-Chappell student poets. “Walking into April” is sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society, Barton College, and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series, and funded by the […]