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President throws first pitch at commencement

MILLIGAN, Tenn. (May 4, 2021) — Milligan University held an in-person, outdoor commencement ceremony for spring 2021 graduates on Saturday, May 1, at the TVA Credit Union Ballpark in Johnson City, Tennessee.

While Milligan commencements have historically been held in the university’s Seeger Chapel, this spring’s ceremony was moved outdoors to uphold the university’s COVID-19 safety protocols and allow the entire class to celebrate together.

To commemorate Milligan’s first commencement on a baseball field, Milligan President Dr. Bill Greer began the ceremony by throwing out a first pitch to the graduates.

“We are extremely proud of our graduates and enjoyed recognizing their successes with classmates and their families,” said Greer. “After such a challenging year, our graduates’ accomplishments were worthy of a great celebration.”

The university awarded over 250 degrees at this year’s spring commencement ceremony. The May 2021 graduates include 30 Bachelor of Arts, 108 Bachelor of Science, 18 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, seven Bachelor of Social Work, one Master of Arts in Humanities, 15 Master of Business Administration, seven Master of Education, two Master of Science in Counseling, one Master of Science in Information Systems, 25 Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, three Master of Arts in Religion, 10 Master of Arts in Christian Ministries, 17 Master of Divinity, three Doctor of Ministry, and six Doctor of Education students.

Prior to the commencement ceremony, graduate Sam Wehner, of Jackson, Tennessee, was commissioned into the Marines as a second lieutenant outside of Milligan’s Derthick Hall. His father, lieutenant colonel John Wehner, and mother, Suzanne Wehner, participated in the commissioning.

A recording of commencement can be viewed at milligan.edu/streaming.


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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