"What Lies Behind and What Lies Ahead" is theme for Aug. 29 Convocation

Aug. 19, 2013
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications
865.981.8207; karen.eldridge@maryvillecollege.edu

“What Lies Behind and What Lies Ahead” is the title of the address that Maryville College President Dr. William T. “Tom” Bogart will deliver to new and returning students, faculty and staff during the school’s 2013 Convocation ceremony, which is scheduled for Thurs., Aug. 29.

The ceremony, which marks the opening of the 2013-2014 academic year, begins at 11:15 a.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre and is open to the public.

During his fourth Convocation as president of Maryville College, Bogart, referencing the words of the apostle Paul found in Philippians 3:13, will talk about the foundations of the College and some plans for its future.

He is expected to talk about the new strategic plan, titled “Renewing Our Strength: Maryville College’s Bicentennial and Beyond,” as well as “Maryville College Works,” a new initiative that will add significant practical experiences to graduation requirements.

With an expected increase in enrollment for the 2013-2014 year, Bogart will talk about progress toward strategic plan goals and new challenges and opportunities that a larger student body brings.

“We have achieved great success, but we haven’t reached the goal,” the president said, adding that he’ll highlight in the Convocation address some new initiatives for students in the 2013-2014 academic year and the faculty and staff members who are leading them.

Several take part in ceremony

The class of 2014, members of the Board of Directors, faculty and staff members and platform speakers will march in procession, led by members of the Knoxville Pipes and Drums. Dr. Karen Beale, associate professor of psychology, will be the macebearer, and Dr. Crystal Colter, associate professor of psychology and chair of the faculty, will welcome attendees to the ceremony.

J. Ashley Burrell, adjunct instructor in organ and organist/choirmaster at First Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, will perform the prelude and recessional.

Seniors Hayden Brown and Keli Shipley, both Isaac Anderson Fellows, will offer the prayer of invocation. The College’s Statement of Purpose will be read by W. Spencer Blanden, president of the Student Government Association and a member of the Class of 2015.

“We Are Not Alone,” an anthem written by Pepper Choplin, will be performed by the Maryville College Concert Choir under the direction of Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music.

Scripture reading from Philippians 3:4b-14 will be read by T. Storm Owens, a Dean’s Scholar, Bonner Scholar and member of the Class of 2014. The Rev. Dr. Anne McKee, campus minister, will offer prayers for the College.

Dr. Barbara Wells, vice president and dean of the College, will give the declaration of the academic year and, following the singing of the Alma Mater, McKee will conclude with the benediction.

Classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 28.


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.