BJU Holds 11th Criminal Justice Challenge Coin Ceremony

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 3, 2024) – Bob Jones University held the 11th annual Criminal Justice Challenge Coin Ceremony Thursday, May 2, for graduates of BJU’s criminal justice program. The ceremony was held in Levinson Hall at 4 p.m. on the BJU campus. 

“David Davis, Dr. Jared Linebach and I were pleased to present our criminal justice graduates of 2024 with their challenge coins as a tangible reminder of the challenges they overcame in their first steps on their criminal justice journey,” said Lance Crowe, criminal justice faculty and program coordinator. 

During the ceremony, graduating seniors were presented with a BJU Criminal Justice Challenge Coin. The front of the coin is imprinted with the phrase “Standing Valiantly for Christ” and an emblazoned banner stamped with Romans 3:14. The reverse side bears the name of the University and the BJU crest which symbolizes the heritage and biblical worldview which are foundational to our liberal arts education and character development in preparation for effective service to Christ and the community. 

The challenge coin has a rich and extensive history in both the military and law enforcement. Receiving a challenge coin is an honor. It represents a token of professional recognition. The BJU challenge coin is designed to represent the law enforcement profession and be a lasting reminder of a graduate’s calling to faithfully represent the Lord in the criminal justice environment. 

Additionally, Adrian Lasval of Lyman, South Carolina, and Zarina Rodriguez of Edinburg, Texas, received the Allen Jacobs Memorial Award. The award was established in memory of Officer Allen Jacobs of the Greenville Police Department who was killed in the line of duty in 2016. This year’s recipients each received $2,000. 

Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis delivered the keynote address. 

“It is our hope that their challenge coins will always remind them of our congratulations and blessing on their graduation day, while also serving as a token of our pledge to pray for them as they use what they have learned at Bob Jones University wherever the Lord calls them to serve,” said Crowe.


Courtney Montgomery is the public relations assistant for BJU.