Addie Bjornsen of Urbana, IA, graduated with a BS degree in Elementary Educ & Early Childhood.

Culver-Stockton College celebrated the gradation of the Class of 2018 during the 162nd Annual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018. 233 degrees were conferred, including undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Kelly Thompson, president, was elated to celebrate the day with the graduates, family, friends and alumni. “As you all leave this campus to embark on the next stage of your lives, I know you are well prepared for it through your educational and social experiences at Culver-Stockton College. You have all had the opportunity to transform into thriving adults that will lead lives of purpose.”

Lucas Thomas ’18 of Aledo, Texas, was chosen to represent the Class of 2018. Thomas graduated with a Bachelor of History and degree in Digital Media. During his time at Culver-Stockton College, Thomas was heavily involved all around campus; he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma honors fraternity and Phi Alpha Theta history fraternity. Thomas made his decision to come to Culver-Stockton mainly due to the school’s Disciples of Christ affiliation. After graduation, Thomas joined the C-SC admission team as an admission counselor.

“We must thank the fantastic alumni. Without your generous giving year during our capital campaign, many of us would not have received the scholarships that made it possible for us to attend Culver-Stockton and attain our respective degrees,” Thomas said. “I urge all of you to think about this: What kind of alum will you be? Remember, we are always Wildcats. There were Wildcats before us and there will be Wildcats after we leave. Support your fellow Wildcats, as they have done the same for you.”

“H.B.” (Herman Blair) Turner ’79 of Parkville, Missouri, was the keynote speaker. Turner is the primary owner and Chairman of Peachtree Lighting, a manufacturer of LED lighting fixtures sold to commercial and industrial specification markets throughout the USA and internationally. Turner is also the retired President and CEO of Heatron Inc. which serves over 30 market segments, the largest being key components for medical devices such as sleep apnea and kidney dialysis machines. As a member of the Culver-Stockton College Board of Trustees, he serves as Board Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee. Turner has been a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Housing Corporation Board of Directors and Culver-Stockton College’s Kappa Mu Zeta chapter since 1980.

An enthusiastic supporter and alumni of C-SC, Turner focused his address on the importance of giving back to the College. During his time as a student, he recognized the support he received from faculty, staff, alumni and fellow classmates. Because of this, Turner is a strong advocate for giving back your time and talents to causes you believe in.

“You don’t need to be a billionaire to give back either your time or your money,” Turner explained. “For most of you, your education on ‘the Hill’ was subsidized by others donating funds for student scholarships. When you start to make a few dollars, save some to give back to Culver-Stockton, as well as to the other causes you believe in, just as others have done for you. You will find a cheerful spirit of giving fills your life beyond measure. Class, the more you stretch your giving, the more you will receive in return.”

As the Class of 2018 begin the next chapter in their lives, they’ll remember all the people at C-SC who helped make them who they are today. Thanks to the College’s accommodating and knowledgeable faculty and staff, generous donors and supportive alumni, this year’s class is ready to take on any challenge. Like the graduates before them, the graduates of 2018 can go into the world knowing they are forever Wildcats and will forever have a home on “the Hill.”

Culver-Stockton College, located in Canton, Mo., is a four-year residential institution in affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). C-SC specializes in experiential education and is one of only two colleges in the nation to offer the 12/3 semester calendar, where the typical 15-week semester is divided into two terms, a 12-week term and a 3-week term.

The C-SC Wildcats are members of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).