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Central Baptist College Announces Spring 2021 Commencement

March 30, 2021

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(Conway, AR March 29, 2021) Central Baptist College is pleased to announce that Spring Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Due to the continuing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 global health pandemic, the College will once again offer private ceremonies for each graduate. This years class consists of 131 total graduates, 107 in the Traditional program and 24 in the PACE program. 

The Colleges Academic Leadership Team is organizing this years Commencement activities, and the directives and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and by the Arkansas Department of Health will be taken into consideration. One hundred of this years 131 graduates are making plans to participate in this years ceremony. Each graduate who participates will be given a private appointment time. 

Upon entry into the Harold E. Cooper Educational Complex, the graduate and his or her entire party will be escorted to a private holding room where he or she will be greeted by either a CBC staff member or a student volunteer. While graduates wait for their official graduation time, a CBC faculty or staff member will be with them to pray specifically for each graduate. At the appointed time, the graduate and his or her party will be escorted into the Burgess Auditorium for his or her private graduation ceremony. 

Central Baptist College faculty will be socially distanced throughout the Burgess Auditorium to celebrate with the graduates. Once the graduates guests are settled, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gary McAllister will officially present the graduate by announcing his or her name and degree earned. The graduate will then walk across the stage, receive a diploma from President Terry Kimbrow, and have a photo taken. Photography will be provided by Donna Evans Photography. A live stream of graduation will be available at Graduates will be able to inform friends and family of their approximate graduation time so that those that cannot attend in person can watch the live stream. The graduate will then be able to walk from the Harold E. Cooper Educational Complex, down the Legacy Walk, and through the Ratliff Bell Tower, where he or she will be able to take photos and celebrate with his or her family and friends. Graduates who are unable to participate in person will have their diploma, tassel, program, and any cords they have earned, mailed to them. For more information about the Central Baptist Colleges Spring 2021 Commencement, visit 

Central Baptist College is a four-year, private, liberal arts college owned and operated by the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas. CBC offers approximately 40 baccalaureate degree programs, 16 athletic teams that compete in the AMC conference of the NAIA, and 6 fine arts performance groups. For more information about CBC visit    

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