Dr. Alex Sands, pastor of Kingdom Life Church in Simpsonville and president emeritus of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, addressed NGU's December graduates on Friday, Dec. 10.
Dr. Alex Sands, pastor of Kingdom Life Church in Simpsonville and president emeritus of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, addressed NGU's December graduates on Friday, Dec. 10.

North Greenville University (NGU) held its December Commencement Exercises on Friday, December 10, on the Tigerville Campus. Pastor of Kingdom Life Church in Simpsonville and President Emeritus of the South Carolina Baptist Convention Dr. Alex Sands addressed the 196 undergraduate and graduate students, family, and friends.

Following the processional of the administration, faculty, and candidates, NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr. welcomed all honored guests and read from Isaiah 40.

NGU Board Chair Dr. Mike Hamlett led the invocation. Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science and Chair of the English Department Dr. Cheryl Collier read 1 Peter 2:9-12. The NGU Brass Ensemble provided music.

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NGU Board Chair Mike Hamlet (right) was honored by the Board of Trustees with the Betty Jo Craft Service Award. The award, presented by NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr., (left) was established in 2019, and is voted on by and presented to a board member that has made a long-term, consistent commitment that is extraordinary and has had a visible impact or result directly related to support the mission of NGU. Craft passed away on November 25, 2021.
NGU Board Chair Mike Hamlet (right) was honored by the Board of Trustees with the Betty Jo Craft Service Award. The award, presented by NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr., (left) was established in 2019, and is voted on by and presented to a board member that has made a long-term, consistent commitment that is extraordinary and has had a visible impact or result directly related to support the mission of NGU. Craft passed away on November 25, 2021.

The North Greenville University (NGU) Board of Trustees and Board Chair Dr. Mike Hamlet enthusiastically thanked the leadership, faculty, staff, and students for successfully navigating a unique year at their October meeting.

Board Chair Hamlet said the trustees celebrated that NGU had a very productive year amid the challenging circumstances connected with COVID 19. 

"Not only were we grateful for the work of our university this past year, but we are excited about the future in so many areas," said Hamlet. "Our approval of the renovation of the Donnan Administrative building is a clear indicator that North Greenville has a very bright future." 

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Alex Sands, pastor of Kingdom Life Church in Simpsonville, will keynote NGU's December Commencement on Dec. 10.    Photo Credit: Greenville News.
Alex Sands, pastor of Kingdom Life Church in Simpsonville, will keynote NGU's December Commencement on Dec. 10. Photo Credit: Greenville News.

Alex Sands, pastor of Kingdom Life Church in Simpsonville, will be the keynote speaker for North Greenville University's (NGU) Commencement Dec. 10 in Turner Chapel on the Tigerville Campus.

"At North Greenville University, we are producing transformational leaders for church and society. Alex Sands is a transformational leader, whose influence over the churches of the South Carolina Baptist Convention has been exemplary and the engagement between his church and the surrounding community has been remarkable," said NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr. "I can't think of a better speaker to have for our graduates as they are launched with their degrees. I'm sure his message will be simultaneously challenging, inspiring, and insightful."

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BJU Christmas Lighting

Bob Jones University invites the Greenville community to the annual Christmas Celebration Friday, Dec. 3, from 4-8 p.m. on the BJU campus.

“We are thankful for the return of our annual carol sing and campus lighting. It is important to remind ourselves of the true meaning of Christmas as we usher in the holiday season,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “The community is invited to join us for a memorable evening full of activities for everyone.”  

Major Sarah Whitten, director of Paladin Battalion (U.S. Army ROTC), will join President Pettit at the Christmas Lighting and Carol Sing Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in front of Rodeheaver Auditorium. Pettit will read the Christmas story and the event will culminate with the official lighting of over 100,000 Christmas lights. The full schedule of activities and musical events with beginning times is listed below. Most activities will be open until 8 p.m.

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Tigerville Christmas Parade 2021

Tigerville residents will host their second annual Christmas Festival on Saturday, Dec. 4. Following a very successful inaugural event in 2020, organizers invite the Upstate to join in the holiday event which will be highlighted by a Christmas Parade on Tigerville Road.

The festival, starting at 10 a.m., will feature a variety of food options and music as guests assemble for the 11 a.m. parade, which proceeds north from the Highway 414 and Highway 253 intersection to Tigerville Elementary School Road then back east and south to Highway 414. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Tigerville Fire Department.

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Greer Development Corporation

North Greenville University's (NGU) mission to graduate transformational leaders for church and society doesn't end there. It wants to contribute to the growth and development of leaders in the community it serves.

The University is pleased to announce its partnership with Greer Development Corporation's Partnership for Tomorrow (PFT). The PFT program provides collaborative opportunities to grow and develop innovative ideas to further Greer's economic potential and quality of life.

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North Greenville University Alumnus Martin Price Joins PA Medicine Faculty at the Tim Brashier Campus in Greer.
North Greenville University Alumnus Martin Price Joins PA Medicine Faculty at the Tim Brashier Campus in Greer.

Martin S. Price from Greer, has joined the Physician Assistant (PA) Medicine faculty at North Greenville University’s Tim Brashier Campus in Greer as a PA professor. Price is a 2019 graduate of NGU’s Master of Medical Science program.

“The NGU PA faculty are excited to welcome our first alumni to join the faculty. Mr. Price will bring very valuable experiences as a paramedic and practicing family practice PA to our classroom. We are excited for our students to learn from him,” said Associate Dean of the School of Allied Health Professions Dr. Jordan Hairr.

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