This newsletter from Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit is intended to inform BJU’s alumni and friends of student and faculty achievements and campus programs and activities. Communication regarding this newsletter may be addressed to [email protected].
- Message from the President
- BJU Holds Annual Bible Conference
- Center for Community and Global Health Holds Annual Symposium
- BJU Hosts Officer Allen Jacobs Memorial Prayer Breakfast
- Students Attend Naval Academy Conference
- Gov. Hutchinson Addresses BJU Students
- Canadian Brass Returns to BJU Concert Stage
- BJU Produces Beauty and the Beast
- BJU Presents 26th Living Gallery
- New undergraduate academic programs to begin this fall
- Dr. Julie Hartman Honored for Excellence in Teaching
- School of Health Professions Offers New Master’s Degrees
- CoRE Conference Addressed Assault on Personhood
- The Collegian Staff wins 2023 South Carolina Press Awards
- BJU Division of Music Receives $1 Million Gift
- BJU Press Celebrates Installation of Leading-edge Printing and Finishing Equipment
- BJU Students Awarded Research Grants
- BJU Offers 2023 Study Abroad Programs
- Worldview Collectives Addressed Current Issues
- Vice President Pence Brings Book Tour to BJU
- BJU Students Win Awards at Christian Worldview Film Festival
- BJU to Send Out Three Mission Teams This Summer
- BJU Offers Over 50 Summer Camps
- BJU to Hold 96th Commencement
Message from the President
Serving at BJU has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. Over the past nine years, I have concluded that assembled on this campus are the finest Christian faculty, staff and students in the world.
My admiration and respect for the faculty is immeasurable. Their expertise and experience are a treasure trove to the University. Their teaching embodies a rare combination of youthful passion, sage-like wisdom, sincere humility and a deep commitment to offering a world-class education with a biblical worldview along with a Spirit-infused love for every student. This is BJU’s greatest wealth!
Every day I have had a captain’s seat view watching our staff in action. Their gifts have been effectively used to serve our great God and our great student body. From our incredibly skilled facilities men and women who keep everything running, to our campus safety who protect us 24/7, to the army of servants who labor behind the scenes in their offices, cubicles and out on the road, whether it be in recruitment, marketing, enrollment, finance, campus services, human resources, student life or athletics — I am so thankful for their labor of love. It has been a joy serving with them.
As the chairman of the board of the BJU Education Group, I say thank you to the employees of the BJU Press and Bob Jones Academy. BJA has done an incredible job in providing the highest quality K–12 education. BJU Press has produced superb materials with academic rigor and a thoroughly biblical worldview that is now being distributed around the globe. In the past nine years, BJU Press has experienced exponential growth and doubled in sales through a pandemic. To God be the glory!
One of my greatest joys has been to rub shoulders daily with the administration, executive support team and primarily the vice presidents. I often pinched myself thinking what a sheer privilege I had in serving beside these men and women. I have watched them pull off the unbelievable with professionalism and grace every day. I will be eternally grateful for their friendship, wisdom and support.
I am thankful to the Board of Trustees who entrusted me with the role of president during my tenure. My hope is the Lord will bless the Board as they seek to follow His will for the future.
So, what makes BJU unique among institutions? It is the high level of commitment each employee has toward the mission. This is what unites us corporately and drives us individually. This is why we all come to work here. This is why we all stay here. Over the past nine years, I have watched our organization grow and embrace the truth that a leader is a servant and seeks to make someone else great. Most importantly, we have sought to fulfill the command of Jesus to make disciples of our student body by investing our lives into the lives of our students. We have tried to model what it means to Learn. Love. Lead.
My plans for the future are to follow the Lord’s leading and to invest the time I am allotted in preaching, evangelism and leadership.
May God bless Bob Jones University!
BJU Holds Annual Bible Conference
BJU held its annual Bible Conference Feb. 14–17. This year’s theme, “Chesed — God’s Steadfast Love,” is referenced throughout Scripture. Judging by feedback from students, faculty and staff, as well as those who attended from outside the campus community, the conference preaching was very effective.
In addition to President Pettit, speakers included Rev. Tim Leaman, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Westminster, Maryland; Dr. Brian Peterson, pastor of Lebanon Baptist Church in Roswell, Georgia; Rev. Kurt Skelly, pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia; and Dr. Drew Conley and Dr. Josh Crockett, pastors of Hampton Park Baptist Church and Morningside Baptist Church, respectively, here in Greenville. These men are all known as expositors of the Word, and those attending the conference benefitted greatly from their preaching.
The Bible Conference offering went to Harvest House, a ministry of Harvest Baptist Church in Guam. Harvest House works with the territory’s foster care system to house children, recruit and train host families, and assist with foster and adoption placements. The goal was $150,000. With enthusiastic fundraising by the students and other gifts, we sent Harvest House $183,078.
Center for Community and Global Health Holds Annual Symposium
The School of Health Professions’ Center for Community and Global Health (CCGH) held its fourth annual symposium March 8–9, with the theme, “Reimagining the Future of the U.S. Health System.” BJU students and faculty, health professionals from the Greenville area, the School of Health Professions advisory board, and faculty representatives from other universities with health-related majors attended. The CCGH also invited a number of local high school students.
The symposium opened with a banquet Wednesday at which Greenville’s Mayor Knox White addressed the group on the history of health care in Greenville and what he would like to see in healthcare in the Greenville area going forward. After the opening session with the director of CCGH, Dr. Bernard Kadio, the following morning, the symposium split into two tracks — one for health-related professionals and a second for high school students.
The health professions track included topics such as Public Health Systems in Pandemic Situations, Sustainable Care Delivery, Equitable Access to Health Innovation and Healthy Aging.
In addition to members of the School of Health Professions and other BJU faculty, guest speakers included the director of the South Carolina Department of Aging, the regional health director of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, the dean of Cedarville University’s School of Pharmacy, a biology faculty member from Liberty University and a local surgeon.
Graduate and undergraduate students were invited to enter an Emerging Voices for Health academic poster competition and present their posters and abstracts in a special session.
The second track of the symposium for high schoolers focused on career planning. Students sampled the college experience and learned about health career fields and BJU’s health programs. They engaged in hands-on health labs such as exercise science, nursing, suturing — even the cadaver lab. They met students and professors and discussed their career paths with health leaders.
The symposium was a great example of how BJU — and particularly the School of Health Professions’ Center for Community and Global Health — is addressing current community-wide issues and having a positive impact on the Greenville community.
BJU Hosts Officer Allen Jacobs Memorial Prayer Breakfast
On March 16, BJU hosted the seventh annual Allen Jacobs Memorial Prayer Breakfast to honor the memory of Officer Allen Jacobs and other Greenville County officers killed in the line of duty.
During the breakfast, several awards, including the Allen Jacobs Award of Valor, were presented to officers and public safety professionals for meritorious acts performed over the past year. Lance Crowe, Criminal Justice faculty member, gave the keynote address.
“The prayer breakfast is a time to thank local officers for the way they selflessly serve our community,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “In addition, the University has ties to the families of Officer Allen Jacobs and Trooper Daniel Rebman, and we want to honor those who carry on their legacy. Officer Jacobs attended Bob Jones Academy, and his parents served as faculty members in the School of Education & Human Services.”
The breakfast is provided free of charge to law enforcement personnel. Business and community leaders across Upstate South Carolina attend and help sponsor the event. Proceeds benefit the Allen Jacobs Memorial Scholarship Fund, created at the request of the Jacobs family, to assist senior BJU Criminal Justice students. Since 2016, over $127,540 has been raised for the fund.
Students Attend Naval Academy Conference
Three BJU students attended the 63rd United States Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference in Annapolis, Maryland, in mid-April: sophomore Andrew Dubberly, business administration major from Bogota, Colombia; junior Sarah Whiteley, political science major from Camas, Washington; and senior Bethany Anderson, music major from Springfield, Illinois. They were accompanied by Dr. Matthew Weathers, director of BJU’s Center for Leadership Development.
Students are selected for this conference in collaboration with the political science faculty and generally have international experience or interest.
The conference brings together over 150 undergraduate students for three days of discussions, lectures, tours, simulations and social events. Two of this year’s speakers included President Ivan Duque, former president of Colombia, and Admiral Michael Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
BJU graduates Dr. Abby (Garland) Mullen, class of 2007, and Dr. Fiona Knoll, class of 2011, teach at the Naval Academy.
Gov. Hutchinson Addresses BJU Students
As part of the Presidential Leadership Series for the spring semester, former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson addressed the student body on Feb. 3. A 1972 BJU graduate, Hutchinson reminisced about his time as a student and talked about the importance of his faith and the Holy Spirit’s guidance in carrying out his various roles in state and the federal government.
He shared some of the major lessons he learned while serving in the public arena.
- God governs in the affairs of men, and He is in control of all things.
- Prayer makes a difference.
- An eternal perspective and the guidance of the Holy Spirit are important when making decisions.
- Follow the example of Jesus Christ in demonstrating humility in relationships and service.
- Believers should lead the way in engaging in civil discourse and showing respect for those with whom we disagree.
After earning his BS in accounting from BJU, Hutchinson earned a JD from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1975.
Hutchinson later served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997 to 2001, after which President George W. Bush appointed him administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and then undersecretary for border and transportation security in the Department of Homeland Security.
Hutchinson served two terms as governor of Arkansas from 2015 to 2022. During that time, he was vice chair and then chair of the National Governor’s Association, an influential nonpartisan organization that includes all 55 governors of America’s states, territories and commonwealths.
Hutchinson’s wife, Susan Burrell Hutchinson, is also a 1972 BJU graduate.
Since his visit, Hutchinson has announced he is a 2024 candidate for president of the United States.
The Presidential Leadership Series is designed to expose students to prominent individuals who can address contemporary topics and issues from a conservative perspective. They occur at least once a semester.
Canadian Brass Returns to BJU Concert Stage
Having first appeared at Bob Jones University in 1997, the Canadian Brass performed their fourth concert at BJU on Jan. 26. One of the most popular brass ensembles today, the Canadian Brass are masters of concert presentation and equally known for their unique stage presence and audience rapport. Their full-range program includes Baroque to Dixieland as well as new compositions and arrangements created especially for them. They are a BJU favorite and draw a good community turnout as well.
BJU Produces Beauty and the Beast
March 9–11, BJU mounted four performances of Beauty and the Beast — plus the preview performance for pre-college students. The production featured a cast of 85, the largest to date for a BJU musical. It included five guest artists from New York City plus Megan Stapleton of our voice faculty in the lead role of Belle. Dr. Stapleton, trained in opera and musical theater, has performed in many stage productions, including several performances at the Houston Grand Opera. The cast also included students, faculty and 19 alumni and several of their children.
Total attendance was 12,297, including a large number from the community and people — particularly alumni — who came from around the country. For the four performances Thursday through Saturday, Rodeheaver Auditorium was at 98% capacity.
BJU Presents 26th Living Gallery
Bob Jones University presented seven performances of this year’s Living Gallery, “The Savior’s Call,” April 6–8. 11,620 people attended one of the performances.
An upstate South Carolina Easter tradition, Living Gallery draws people from a number of states. It illustrates the gospel narrative through a unique program combining original drama, special choral and orchestral arrangements and live portrayals of classic works of art to celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection.
This year’s presentation featured Dr. Dan Forrest’s (class of 2000) musical work, Requiem for the Living, and dramatized Christ’s invitation to his followers: “Come, eat, drink, and rest.”
This year’s program may be viewed in the website archives on Livestream.com.
New undergraduate academic programs to begin this fall
Bob Jones University constantly reviews its academic offerings to ensure they are responsive to market needs and adds and discontinues programs and courses as appropriate. At its regular spring meeting, the BJU Board of Trustees approved the following new academic programs, which will be offered this fall.
- BS in Photography
- BMus in Guitar Performance
- BS or BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Leadership
The BA in Cross Cultural Service is discontinued, and the BS in Visual Studies is now a BS in Visual Arts.
- Philosophy — available to students in all majors who complete the Bible Core courses at BJU
- Youth and Family Studies for the BS in Educational Studies
- Sport Management for the BS in Professional Studies
- Pre-Architecture for the BFA in Interior Architectural Design
- Pre-Architecture for non-Interior Architectural Design, BFA majors
- Church Music Ministry
- Professional Writing
Dr. Julie Hartman Honored for Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Julie Hartman, professor of education and chair of the Division of Educational, Child and Family Studies in BJU’s School of Education & Human Services, was honored at the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) Excellence in Teaching faculty awards program in Columbia, South Carolina, April 18.
Dr. Hartman holds a PhD in curriculum and instruction from Clemson University, an MA in early childhood education from Furman University and a BS in elementary education from BJU.
A 20-year member of the BJU faculty, Dr. Hartman previously taught in the Division of Teacher Education and served as head of the early childhood education department and as a student advisor and supervisor of student-teacher field experience. In 2018, she helped establish the Division of Educational, Child and Family Studies and became its chair. Prior to serving on the university faculty, she taught K4 and K5 as well as third and fourth grades in public and private schools.
As part of her doctoral studies, Dr. Hartman studied project-based learning, particularly the Reggio Emilia Approach. Her dissertation research focused on understanding the use of that approach among early childhood educators in South Carolina. Her current interests center on project-based learning, brain research, child growth and development, and the integration of arts and technology into early childhood curricula.
Dr. Hartman was selected by her colleagues for the Excellence in Teaching award based on her innovation, mentorship and reputation as a master teacher. She serves on the board of Greenville First Steps and is the past president of the South Carolina Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Association.
School of Health Professions Offers New Master’s Degrees
Beginning in the fall of 2023, the School of Health Professions will offer two new accredited master’s degrees — Master of Speech-Language Pathology and Master of Public Health.
The Master of Speech-Language Pathology is designed for students who desire to work in that field where a master’s degree is required. The program is accredited under BJU’s accreditation by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and has been granted Level II candidacy status by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
The Master of Public Health is available to students with various undergraduate majors who are interested in such areas as medical missions or research, to name two. It is accredited by SACSCOC.
CoRE Conference Addressed Assault on Personhood
BJU Seminary’s CoRE Conference early in the spring semester addressed the topic, “Who Am I? The Contemporary Assault on Personhood.” The value of personhood is one of the greatest current issues the church faces. When God created man and woman, He gave them value, dignity and the purpose of glorifying Him. Today, God’s design for personhood is under assault with extreme expressions of self-worth and devaluing of the unborn, childhood, gender, sexuality, ethnic differences, the disabled — even the elderly. Too often, people are treated with disrespect.
The conference was designed to strengthen understanding of the theology of personhood as we were created at conception and recreated in Christ.
Guest speakers were Paul Tautges, senior pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Mayfield Heights, Ohio; Jim Newcomer, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Ypsilanti, Michigan; and Nicolas Ellen, senior pastor of Community of Faith Bible Church, Houston, Texas. Steve Pettit and BJU Seminary professors Stuart Scott and Jim Berg also spoke.
The Collegian Staff wins 2023 South Carolina Press Awards
Staff members of The Collegian, BJU’s student-led newspaper, recently received awards recognizing writing, photography and design quality from the South Carolina Press Association, which recognizes the best in collegiate journalism within the state. BJU is recognized among colleges and universities in the state with under 5,000 students.
Nathaniel Hendry, editor-in-chief of the paper — a senior communication major from Knoxville, Tennessee — won first place in the arts and entertainment story category for his article “Concert Features Holocaust Violins.” He also won first and third place in the photography category for photos of BJU’s 9/11 flag display.
Zachary Smith, staff writer — a junior accounting major from Lilburn, Georgia — won first place news story for an article titled “Greenville Opens Unity Park, Fulfilling 83-year Old Promise.”
Senior Arianna Rayder — visual studies major from Porter Corners, New York — was recognized for first place page one design for a print issue featuring Samson and Dalila.
The publication’s photo editor, Jordyn Britton — senior visual studies major from Lapeer, Michigan — received second place for her photos in an article about BJU’s serpentarium naming baby crocodiles.
The Collegian publishes daily online and in print once a month.
BJU Division of Music Receives $1 Million Gift
On April 12, the Division of Music announced a $1 million gift — the largest in the history of the division — to begin and fund the Robert O. Jones and Mary B. Jones Scholarship Fund. This endowed fund will support music scholarships for students studying music at BJU.
“We are so grateful for the generosity of friends who share our vision for preparing Christian musicians for careers in the ministry and marketplace,” said Michael Moore, chair of the Division of Music. “This is truly a transformative gift that will make an impact now and for generations of students to come.”
BJU Press Celebrates Installation of Leading-edge Printing and Finishing Equipment
BJU Press is one of the largest producers of K–12 Christian educational materials used by Christian schools and homeschool families around the world. More than two million students in over 130 countries use BJU Press products every day.
On April 6, BJU Press celebrated the installation of leading-edge printing and finishing equipment that will advance its mission of supporting Christian educators. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, BJU Press leaders, Bob Jones University administrators and board members from the BJU Education Group were joined by special guests, including Congressman William Timmons, Greenville Mayor Knox White, Greenville County Councilman Stan Tzouvelekas and City Councilman John DeWorken. (BJU Press is the largest manufacturer within the city limits of Greenville.)
BJU President Dr. Steve Pettit spoke about the history of BJU Press and presented a gospel message for guests. Bill Apelian, president of BJU Press, shared details about the new equipment and described where BJU Press is headed in the future.
The HP T485 PageWide digital press now in operation is part of HP’s PageWide T400 series and has been customized to fit the unique needs of BJU Press as a publisher of best-in-class Christian educational materials. It is the first operating production press of its kind in the United States and one of only two in the world.
The T485 will revolutionize BJU Press’s printing process, increasing production speed by 300%. Along with new inline finishing equipment, the T485 occupies an area of approximately 7,800 square feet and features:
- Duplex printing capabilities — the ability to print on both sides of the paper.
- State-of-the-art Müller Martini binding and finishing equipment that works with the press in a continuous process.
- The ability to print, collate and bind an entire 700-page textbook in less than 10 seconds.
- HP Brillant Inks.
More information about BJU Press and its Christian educational materials and products is available at bjupress.com and bjupresshomeschool.com.
BJU Students Awarded Research Grants
The South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) has awarded three BJU students — Vivian Smith, Becca Gomes and Emily Stark — Student/Faculty Research Grants.
Vivian Smith, a freshman kinesiology major from Hoover, Alabama, will work with Dr. Stephen Chen, chair of the Division of Exercise and Sport Science, on a study examining the “Relationship of Physical Activity and Sleep on Mental Health Among College Students.” She will receive $3,270 to conduct the study.
Becca Gomes, a junior from Lansdale, Pennsylvania, and Emily Stark, a sophomore from Willis, Texas — both communication disorders majors — will assist Dr. Hannah Benge, Division of Health Sciences, with the “Strengthening The Aging Voice (STAG) Study: Evaluation of Respiratory Muscle Strength Training Plus Vocal Function Exercise.” They will receive a $5,139 grant.
The goal of the grant program is to provide quality undergraduate research experiences for students which motivate them to consider careers in research.
BJU Offers 2023 Study Abroad Programs
In conjunction with the Center for Global Opportunities, the Office of BJU Study Abroad & Study USA offers courses for academic credit in various countries around the world. These courses provide students opportunities to expand their cultural experience and expertise as well as study the academic subject.
2023 courses include:
- Art + Design in Spain, May 11–23, with Michelle Radford — 3 credits
- Business in Portugal, July 12–Aug. 6, with Dr. Adele Dunn — 6 credits
- Communication Disorders in Uganda, July 13–Aug. 5, with Dr. David Eoute — 6 credits
- Educational Studies in Colombia, May 10–24, with Cait Reid — 3 credits
- Global Health in Ghana, May 22–June 4, with Dr. Amy Hicks — 3 credits
- History in France, May 15–30, with Dr. Brenda Schoolfield — 3 credits
- Music in Italy, June 19–July 2, with Dr. Michael Moore — 3 credits
- Nursing in Zambia, May 12–27, with Dr. Valarie Petersen — 3 credits
- Spanish in Costa Rica, May 6–June 3, with Dr. Amos Kasperek — 3 credits
and May 6–July 1, with Dr. Kasperek — 6 credits
During the spring semester, March 17–31, Alicia Higdon and Abby Washburn conducted nursing clinicals abroad in Togo.
Worldview Collectives Addressed Current Issues
As a supplement to BJU’s campus-wide emphasis on biblical worldview in the classroom and student organizations and activities, Dr. Renton Rathbun, director of the Center for Biblical Worldview, conducted three Worldview Collectives throughout the spring semester in which he and faculty panelists addressed topics relevant to today’s college students.
In these sessions, Dr. Rathbun sought to reinforce in students biblical principles, which should be the foundation for their own viewpoints on current issues and also equip them to defend their biblical positions.
He addressed three topics this semester — in January, “Is Masculinity Toxic? Manliness and the Bible;” in February, “Is My Private Life Destroying Me?” — a session on pornography, self-esteem and suicide; and in April, “Tolerance, Wokeness, Love? Race and the Bible.” Hundreds of students attended and engaged in these sessions.
Vice President Pence Brings Book Tour to BJU
Vice President Mike Pence participated in a fireside chat at Bob Jones University on March 2 as part of a tour promoting his book, So Help Me God. The former vice president first addressed approximately 40 pastors invited by Chad Connelly, the Republican National Committee’s director of Faith Engagement.
The public session — which included students, faculty and people from the Greenville community — took the form of a fireside chat with Linda Abrams of BJU’s History, Government and Social Science faculty asking the questions. Pence frequently spoke about his faith as he discussed current issues and his time in the White House during the Trump Administration. Following the session, Vice President Pence signed his book for nearly 260 people.
Pence earned a BA from Hanover College in 1981 and completed a JD from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. In 2001, Pence was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. During his tenure, he served as chair of the influential Republican Study Committee and eventually as Republican Conference chair, the third-highest ranking Republican leadership position.
In 2011, he was elected the 50th governor of the state of Indiana, and in 2016, was selected to join the Republican ticket as vice president. In 2017, Pence became the 48th Vice President of the United States. After leaving the White House, Pence formed Advancing American Freedom, a non-profit organization advocating for conservative values and policies. In 2022, he released the New York Times bestseller So Help Me God.
BJU Students Win Awards at Christian Worldview Film Festival
The Cinematic Arts Department had six films screened at the recent Christian Worldview Film Festival, an annual competition hosted by the Kendrick brothers, producers of such films as Lifemark, War Room and Fireproof.
BJU students won the following awards:
- Mark Kamibayashiyama, a 2020 grad in Cinema Production, won first place in Young Filmmakers for The Unforgiving Agent.
- Junior Andrew Barnes and sophomore Nathan Barnes-Vélez, both Film and Digital Storytelling majors, won Runner Up in Young Filmmakers for The Parable of the Soldiers.
- Isaac Cropsey, a junior Film and Digital Storytelling major, was a Finalist in Short Film for Saints.
In addition, two films produced by cinematic arts department faculty member Christopher Zydowicz and campers from BJU’s summer EDUcamp program and directed by BJU cinematic arts students received awards at the festival. The campers were guided in their productions by students Andrew Barnes, Nathan Barnes-Vélez and Isaac Cropsey — all of Greenville, South Carolina.
BJU to Send Out Three Mission Teams This Summer
Student mission teams will go out this summer to Uganda, Great Britain and the Western Intermountain region of the U.S.
Ten students under the leadership of BJU Seminary faculty member Dr. Brian Trainer will spend three weeks in Uganda, May 7–25. The goal of the trip is to expose and engage students in various types of ministries in East Africa. They will work with children, teens and adults in evangelistic and educational outreaches.
A nine-student team led by April Schwingle, head of the department of art, and her husband, David, will work throughout Great Britain for six weeks, June 2–July 18. Their primary focus will be using the arts to serve local churches. The goal is also for students to gain a burden for church planting and to explore the history, culture and ministry opportunities in Great Britain.
Jon Daulton, director of Student Life, and his wife, Kim, will lead a seven-man team to the Inter-Mountain West — primarily Utah and Idaho — July 8-30. This team will participate in evangelism and youth work, complete small physical projects for ministries, assist camps, and conduct church services, all while learning how to minister in a Mormon context. Each person will be encouraged to develop iron-sharpening-iron relationships with fellow teammates.
BJU Offers Over 50 Summer Camps
This summer, BJU will offer over 50 academic-related and sports camps for students in grades K–12, starting with camps for those in lower grades in late May.
While campers of all ages enjoy the wide variety of sports camps, academic-related camps offer the opportunity for campers — especially high school students — to explore academic subjects before committing to a college major.
Visit educamp.bju.edu for the specific camps and available dates. Registration is available online, and some camps are approaching the limit of the number of campers they can accommodate.
BJU to Hold 96th Commencement
On Friday, May 5, Bob Jones University will hold its 96th Commencement. We will award 725 degrees — 58 associate degrees, 570 bachelor’s degrees, 94 master’s degrees and three doctorates.
The Commencement ceremony is at 2 p.m. in Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium.
Other commencement activities include:
Thursday, May 4
- 11:15 a.m. Awards Ceremony, Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium
- 1 p.m. School of Education & Human Services Celebrates, Davis Room
- 2 p.m. Nurses Pinning Ceremony, Rodeheaver Auditorium
- 4 p.m. Criminal Justice Challenge Coin Ceremony, Levinson Hall
- 7 p.m. Baccalaureate & Legacy Ceremony, Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium
- 8:15 p.m. Alumni Legacy Reception, Rodeheaver Auditorium Lobby
Friday, May 5
- 4 p.m. School for Continuing, Online and Professional Education Reception, Rodeheaver Auditorium Lobby
- 4 p.m. Seminary Doctoral Reception, BJU Seminary Rotunda