Freed-Hardeman University presented degrees to a total of 225 May graduates Saturday, May 12, in Loyd Auditorium. Chairman of the FHU Board of Trustees Brett Pharr gave the commencement address.
Pharr congratulated graduates on their accomplishments and asked, "What's next?" Drawing on his experience in the business world, he gave advice for making the most of what is next in life. He told graduates to "know who you are, lever your strengths, and hedge your weaknesses and to value the capability and contributions of others."
Jared Pack, who graduated summa cum laude with a double major in history and in Bible, received the Faculty Scholarship-Leadership Medal. The medal has been presented annually since 1938 to the student in the graduating class who possesses to the highest degree the attributes of ability, quality of work, accuracy, love of knowledge, and leadership. The recipient is chosen by vote of the faculty. Alpha Chi Honor Society presents an accompanying cash award.
Pharr, a 1982 graduate of Freed-Hardeman, is Senior Vice President, Risk Management Executive for Bank of America. He is responsible for various risk management activities including Vendor Management and Credit Bureau Relationships. In his 30 years with the bank, he has served in many other capacities. Pharr became chairman of the FHU Board of Trustees last year.
Graduates included 161 who received baccalaureate degrees and 64 who received graduate degrees. An additional 26 students who will complete their degrees this summer also participated in commencement exercises.