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BLUEFIELD, W.Va.-One hundred twenty-two Bluefield College seniors will accept diplomas during the school's 91st Annual Spring Commencement, Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m., outside in the campus quad against the backdrop of the majestic East River Mountain.
 
In addition to the presentation of diplomas, the program will feature a keynote address from Dr. Billy (Jang Hwan) Kim, chairman of the Far East Broadcasting Company. Dr. Kim and Garry Jones, president of Full Sail University, will also receive Honorary Doctorate degrees from Bluefield College during the ceremony.
 
Dr. Kim is an internationally known pastor, evangelist and broadcaster who during the Korean War befriended an American soldier who paid for eight years of his education in the United States. After, Dr. Kim returned to Korea in 1959 to begin a more than 50-year ministry. Since then, he has preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ all over the world to thousands of people in all walks of life. In fact, while serving 45 years as pastor of Central Baptist Church in Suwon, Korea, he grew its congregation to 15,000 members.
 
Today, Dr. Kim is pastor emeritus of Suwon Central Baptist and notes as one of his most memorable ministry events the opportunity to interpret for Dr. Billy Graham at a 1973 Korean crusade where more than a million people attended a single service and thousands gave their lives to Christ.
 
His ministry also includes the creation of a Korean radio ministry in 1956 to broadcast the Gospel to North Korea, China, Russia and Mongolia where missionaries could not go. From that single radio station, he helped build the Far East Broadcasting Company, a network of 11 stations that boldly proclaims Christ each day in Korean, Chinese, English, Japanese and Russian.
 
An extension of that church and radio ministry: the Korean Children's Choir, which offers its concerts free of charge to make their music and message more accessible to all. Only love offerings are accepted during the concerts, as the children's families provide for their international air travel expenses, and families and friends of the host organization provide local housing and transportation, which adds to the cross-cultural ministry impact.
 
Jones, who will also receive an Honorary Doctorate degree during Commencement, is a 1973 Bluefield College graduate who in addition to serving as president of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, is a professional musician, recording engineer and music producer.
 
An award-winning university for students pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry, Full Sail is known for its innovative style of education, delivered by immersive teaching methods, both in real-world production studios and classrooms. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has been recognized as one of
the Top Five Game Degree Programs by Electronic Gaming Monthly, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, one of the Best Film Programs by Unleashed Magazine, and a 21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning
Award winner from the United States Distance Learning Association.
 
Before president, Jones served Full Sail as a teacher in recording arts,
director of education, director of admissions, and senior vice president. Prior to Full Sail, he toured professionally as a musician and worked in studios nationally and internationally as a recording engineer and producer of records, television and radio commercials.
 
He is the recipient of several Gold and Platinum Awards from The Recording Institute of America for his creative contributions on recording projects that sold millions of copies and an IT Leader of the Year award by IT Florida, an organization that represents Florida's technology community. Jones has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Motion Picture and Television Association and the Industrial Development Commission of Greater Orlando's Goals 2000 Committee.
 
In addition to Dr. Kim's keynote address and the presentation of Honorary Doctorate degrees to Jones and Dr. Kim, Bluefield College's Spring Commencement will feature greetings from BC president Dr. David Olive and chair of the Board Dr. David Bailey; special music by music professor Bryant Moxley and music student Joshua King; a scripture reading from communication professor Dr. Cindy Bascom; graduates' induction into the BC Alumni Association by alumni president Sharon Knick; and the conferring of degrees to 122 BC seniors by vice president Dr. Robert Shippey, faculty president Mimi Merritt, registrar Leslie Trescott, and President Olive.
 
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