Bethel University’s Spring Commencement was held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena in McKenzie.

Local graduates included: Allison Smarsh, Bachelor of ARTS, Magna Cum Laude, of Finger; and Penny Rena Hensley, Bachelor of Science, and Hillari Newell, Associate of Applied Science, both of Henderson.

Commissioner David Salyers was the commencement speaker. David Salyers became commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation in January 2019 after serving as executive director of the West Tennessee River Basin Authority since 1997.

Established in 1842, Bethel University is one of the oldest universities in the state of Tennessee. It is affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and it offers bachelor’s, master’s, and associate degrees through a variety of learning platforms. For more information about Bethel University, go to www.bethelu.edu.

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