Commencement Information

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Commencement is an exciting time on every college campus. At Greenville, it acknowledges our students' academic achievements and reaffirms the continuing vitality of the campus. The granting of baccalaureate and graduate degrees is celebrated through long-standing traditions, as well as reflections on the opportunities ahead.

This web site provides important details and information regarding graduation and the activities scheduled for Commencement Weekend, May 26-27, 2017.

To each of our graduates, we are eager for you to participate in Commencement exercises as a way of sharing this great accomplishment with your fellow students, as well as with the families who have supported you on your journey to one of life's most significant milestones.

2017 Commencement Speaker - Dan Haseltine

Dan Haseltine is the founding member and front man for the multiplatinum selling music group, Jars of Clay, best known for their breakout song, “Flood,” which was the first of 14 number 1 radio singles, and the beginning of a career spanning 2 decades which earned the band, 3 GRAMMY Awards, 7 BMI Music Awards, 17 Dove Awards, and 4 American Music Award nominations for songwriting and performance.

Haseltine is the Founder of Blood:Water Mission, a non-profit organization that partners with local civil servants to help end the clean water and HIV/AIDS crises in Africa.  His work on humanitarian issues has earned him a Presidents Volunteer Service Award in 2015, as well as made Haseltine the first recipient of the Bob Briner Award for Christians in the marketplace.  An Epoch Global Missional Leadership Award, Congressional Coalition for Adoption Service Award for work related to vulnerable children and families, as well as The Recording Academy’s highest achievement awards, the GRAMMY HONOR for Humanitarian Service, and the GMA HONORS AWARD.

Dan Haseltine lives in Franklin, TN with his wife Katie of 20 years, and two teenage boys, Noah and Max.  He currently works as Founder & Sr. Development Officer at Blood:Water.  He serves on the board of The Many Hopes Organization, and as an advisor to visual artist, Wayne Brezinka.  Haseltine’s creative work includes the publishing of two children’s storybooks, “The One, The Only Magnificent Me,” and “Lulu & the Long Walk,”  He is a Composer and Music Supervisor for feature films and documentaries, jingle writer and graphic designer.

Haseltine’s essays ranging from social justice and humanitarian topics to music, religion and politics have been widely published in the Washington Post, Beliefnet.com, Christianity Today and many other books and publications.   

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