North Greenville University held its spring commencement ceremony in Melvin and Dollie Younts Stadium on Thursday, the second outdoor graduation in school history.
Over 4,000 spectators’ watched approximately 300 undergraduates and graduates receive their diplomas. Evangelist Clayton King was the keynote speaker
“The official motto of North Greenville is ‘where Christ makes the difference,’” said King. “The unofficial motto of North Greenville University, unofficially, is ‘a ring by spring or your money back.’ So ladies it’s still officially spring and you are still officially a student at North Greenville. Boys, man up and pop the question today! Just make sure you get a selfie so you can post it on Instagram!”
King said that there are big moments in everyone’s life.“Of all the times you have big moments in your life, and today is definitely one of them, there is nothing more important, deeper, richer, stronger, or better than you learning the most important thing you’ll ever know; Jesus loves you,” King said.
He referenced 2 Timothy where Paul was looking at his imminent demise; a man who came close to death on multiple occasions.
“Paul understood something that I want to encourage you graduates with today. If you’re not dead, God’s not done! As long as you have breath in your body, God has a plan for your life,” said King. “Until your dead, God will reveal to you your next assignment.”
King is a 1995 presidential scholar and outstanding graduate of the year from Gardner-Webb University.
He began his public speaking career at age 14 and has spoken to over three million people in 45 states and over 38 countries.
He is the founder & president of Clayton King Ministries, a large non-profit that has sent over 500 people on long-term and short term international mission trips.
He is a professor of evangelism at Anderson University (Anderson, SC), campus pastor at Liberty University, the teaching Pastor at NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC, and has sold over 200,000 copies of his seven books.He and his wife Sharie have two boys, Jacob and Joseph.
At the conclusion of his address, King was presented with an honorary doctor of Christian leadership by NGU President Epting and Mike Hamrick, chairman of the NGU board of trustees.
In addition to their diplomas, the graduates were given a hand towel with the NGU seal and the words “be a difference maker” printed on it. President Epting referenced John 13 and the Divine Servant sculpture located at the front entrance to campus of Jesus washing the feet of Peter. He challenged the graduates to “use this as a reminder to be a difference maker in life and to serve others just as Jesus did.”