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Criswell celebrates graduates in 48th annual commencement

Denis Reyes | May 22, 2023


On Saturday, May 13 Criswell College celebrated its 48th annual commencement ceremony with 35 students graduating with various degrees.

Dr. Christopher Graham, Vice President of Academic Affairs, reminded the graduates of the force binding them together—their shared devotion to God—before graduate speaker Chloe Hughes provided remarks reflecting upon her time at Criswell and sharing a challenge to her fellow alumni.

She recalled several memories from her time at the college and expressed appreciation for the faculty.

Scarlett Nokes, a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, delivered the commencement address, emphasizing the significance of serving as ambassadors for their families, employers, churches, and communities. Above all, she stressed the importance of representing Christ as ambassadors of His love.

Nokes invoked the tragic events at The Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, earlier this year where the principal, Katherine Koonce, took action to protect the students from an active shooter, sacrificing her own life in the process.

“I can’t think of a better legacy for anyone, regardless of vocation or position, age, gender, or financial position, to leave behind, and it’s a legacy that’s available to every single person in this room,” she said.

“What a powerful testimony to be known for your love of God and of people. It’s my hope and prayer for my own life. It’s my hope and prayer for each of you graduates. And with that, I just want to wish you the very best that this life has to offer.”


Among the graduates were two candidates for the Associate of Arts, 26 candidates for the Bachelor of Arts, five candidates for the Master of Arts, and two candidates for the Master of Divinity.

“Commencing students who are equipped to give away their lives and careers to God and the people He sent us to serve is always a highlight. This year’s graduates are a preeminent model of the ambassadors, cultivators, peacemakers, problem-solvers, and professionals that countless supporters and givers have made it possible for us to equip.” – President Dr. Barry Creamer

Criswell College admits students who are Christians of good character, without regard or reference to race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, disability, or sex (except where regard to sex is required by the College’s religious tenets regarding gender and sexuality) to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of these classifications in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.