College also plans to change name to Mars Hill University

For the very first time in its history, Mars Hill College will confer graduate degrees on 13 of the 153 students who are expected to graduate this coming Saturday morning, May 11, at 9:30 am in Moore Auditorium.

Ironically, Saturday will also be the very last time in its history that the institution will present diplomas from “Mars Hill College.” As of Aug. 15, the 157-year-old institution will change its name to Mars Hill University. An official celebration of the change will take place later in August when students return to campus for the 2013-14 academic year.

The 13 individuals who make up the first cohort of graduate students at Mars Hill College will receive the degree of Master of Education in elementary education. Another 140 students are expected to receive baccalaureate degrees. The top three majors among undergraduates are business, social work and education.

The keynote speaker for the graduation will be Dr. Michael Blackwell, president and CEO of Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina.

Friends and family members who are unable to be in town this weekend can see the event streaming live on the Mars Hill College athletics website,

-Press release from Mars Hill College, shared May 8.

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