Press Release

HLGU Holds December Graduation Ceremony

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
by Carolyn Carpenter

Hannibal, MO – With the sun shining and temperatures above normal, the graduates of Hannibal-LaGrange University completed the “Walk of Honor” they started as a freshman. The HLGU Winter Commencement Ceremony was held on Saturday, December 18 in the Mabee Sports Complex.

Dr. Woodrow W. Burt, president of Hannibal-LaGrange University, stood and addressed the crowd. “This is a very significant milestone in the lives of our graduates and a momentous occasion on our campus. We are delighted that you are here to celebrate with us and to honor these fine students.”

HLGU’s 2011 Winter Commencement speaker was Reverend Terry M. Buster, Sr. Reverend Buster has been serving the First Baptist Church of Palmyra, MO since 1994 and also holds the position of Board of Trustees Chairman for HLGU. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and went on to receive his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Terry is a third generation Southern Baptist pastor.

Buster’s keynote address was based on John 13:1-5, 12-15. In this passage Jesus washes his disciples’ feet and teaches them the importance of service. “Jesus proceeded to take the role of a servant, wash the disciples’ feet, and then instructed them to do the same by following his example,” stated Buster.

Addressing the graduates Reverend Buster then said, “My challenge to you will be to take the knowledge you have gained and go out and serve in your homes, your jobs, your churches, and the world.  Never stop building your store of knowledge so that you can become better servants. Of course this Biblical concept is not something new to HLGU grads. After all, the motto for HLGU is Scientia Ad Serviendum - Knowledge for Service.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations