WBU commencement scheduled today

More than 90 graduates will receive diplomas from Williams Baptist University during its 2021 commencement ceremony today. The event begins at 10 a.m. in the Southerland-Mabee Center on campus.

Graduates from 11 departments including Business, Christian Ministries, Communication Arts, Criminal Justice, Education, English, History, Liberal Arts, Music, Natural Science and Psychology will receive master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees.

Dr. Rodney Harris, assistant professor of history and chair of the faculty senate, will give the invocation followed by greetings and recognitions from WBU President Dr. Stan Norman. A performance from the Williams Singers under the direction of Dr. Bob Magee, chair of the department of Fine Arts, will follow. Dr. Norman will deliver the commencement address and give closing remarks to the graduating class.

Due to social distancing guidelines, attendance to the event is limited. The commencement ceremony will be streamed live on WBU’s homepage at WilliamsBU.edu and on the Williams Baptist University YouTube channel.

Williams is a private, Christian university in Walnut Ridge.

Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger event goes online

The 2021 National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will be an online donor drive. Traditionally held the second Saturday each May, this is the second year the NALC has moved the drive online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of leaving food donations at their mailboxes, postal customers are asked to donate to their local food banks.

“Our help is now needed as much, or more so, than ever,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said in announcing what is being called the Stamp Out Hunger Donor Drive. Rolando emphasized the union “is committed to conducting the food drive when it is safe to do so.”

Donations given through the Stamp Out Hunger online drive will stay local, benefitting the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas and its network of more than 140 non-profit agencies and programs.

“We are so grateful for the continued support from the National Association of Letter Carriers,” Corporate Partnerships Coordinator for the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas Amber Horton said. “Their hard work over the past 28 years has helped feed so many families right here in Northeast Arkansas.”

To give, visit www.Food BankofNEA.org/stamp-out -hunger.

BRTC announces commencement plans

Black River Technical College’s Spring 2021 graduation ceremony will be held in the Randolph County Development Center (RCDC) on the Pocahontas Campus on Thursday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m.

Graduates will be presented their diplomas on the RCDC stage while their family members and friends are invited to watch the ceremony via Facebook Live.

Prior to the graduation ceremony, BRTC will host an outdoor Graduation Celebration with food, entertainment, and picture-taking opportunities for graduates and their families. The Graduation Celebration will be held outside of the RCDC from 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

For questions about commencement, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 870-248-4000.

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