Commencement 2013 Wrap-up

More than 200 members of the Maryville College Class of 2013 graduated during the College’s Commencement ceremony on May 19. Watch the videos, view the photos and read the stories to experience graduation all over again!

Maryville College Commencement 2013
Maryville College’s 2013 Commencement ceremony was held on May 19 on the lawn between Anderson Hall and Sutton Science Center. John Thornton, founder and CEO of Thunder Enterprises, delivered the Commencement address to members of the Maryville College Class of 2013. Watch the replay of this year’s Commencement ceremony.

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Maryville College Baccalaureate 2013
Maryville College's 2013 Baccalaureate service was held on May 19 in the Clayton Center for the Arts' Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre. The Rev. J. Steven Musick, associate pastor for outreach and pastoral care at New Providence Presbyterian Church, was this year's Baccalaureate speaker. Watch the full video of this year’s Baccalaureate ceremony.

Meet some of our graduates
Several members of the Maryville College Class of 2013 talk about how it feels to graduate and what they’ll miss most about the College.

Flickr Album: Maryville College Baccalaureate 2013

Flickr Album: Maryville College Commencement 2013

Flickr Album: Reception for 2013 Commencement speaker, John Thornton

Flickr Album: 2013 Senior Barbecue

Flickr Album: AGS Induction Ceremony

Thornton tells grads to ‘enjoy the journey’
John Thornton, founder and CEO of Thunder Enterprises, delivered the Commencement address, titled “Lloyd’s Lessons and Pat’s Principles,” to the 218 members of the Maryville College Class of 2013 on May 19, 2013.

Thornton is Commencement speaker for Class of 2013
Read more about this year’s Commencement speaker, John Thornton. The founder and CEO of Thunder Enterprises delivered the Commencement address, titled “Lloyd’s Lessons and Pat’s Principles” on May 19.

For the Finns and Wests, Commencement is a family affair
As longtime staff members of Maryville College, Bonnie West and Bonnie Finn have celebrated the graduation of hundreds of students. On May 19, 2013, after years of hard work, they celebrated their own graduation – as well as the graduation of their children from the 194-year-old liberal arts college.

Over 200 grads in Class of 2013; 59 earn honors diplomas
See the full list of Maryville College students who were awarded bachelor of arts degrees, bachelor of science degrees and bachelor of music degrees this year. Fifty-nine graduates receiving diplomas May 19 graduated with honors, requirements for which include completion of at least 64 credit hours and a minimum grade point average of 3.4 for all work undertaken.

Text: John Thornton’s Commencement address to the Class of 2013
John Thornton delivered the Commencement address to the Maryville College Class of 2013. Here is the full text of his address, titled “Lloyd’s Lessons and Pat’s Principles.”

Text: Rev. J. Steven Musick’s Baccalaureate sermon
The Rev. J. Steven Musick, associate pastor for outreach and pastoral care at New Providence Presbyterian Church, delivered a sermon titled “Forget About It!” during the 2013 Baccalaureate service. Here is the full text of his sermon.

Text: Devan Reynolds’ remarks to the Class of 2013 during Baccalaureate
Devan Reynolds ’13 gave remarks to the Class of 2013 during Baccalaureate on May 19, 2013. Here is the full text of his remarks.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester is 1,168.