Selma University holds commencement

Published 9:47 pm Friday, May 6, 2016

Selma University graduate Ahmad Jackson shakes his grandfather’s hand, the Rev. Arthur Jackson Jr., as commencement concludes.

Selma University graduate Ahmad Jackson shakes his grandfather’s hand, the Rev. Arthur Jackson Jr., as commencement concludes.

It was a small graduating class, but a big milestone for each of the students that graduated Friday afternoon from Selma University.

The university held its spring commencement with 21 graduating students in the university gymnasium. The commencement speaker was the Rev. David Bennett of First Baptist Church of Moundville.

“I’m feeling great,” said Selma graduate Emma Moore. “It has been one of the greatest moments in my life. It’s a memory I’ll never forget.”

Students were awarded degrees in areas such as Bible and pastoral ministry, Bible and Christian education, physical education, biology, business administration and patient care.

Moore graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Christian education. She has already been a licensed and ordained minister for 32 years, but went to school so she could further excel in ministry.

“It means a bright future, a better future for me,” Moore said. “I have really grown in the ministry and matured in the word.”

Moore plans on continuing her education at Selma University. She said she has already registered for the master’s program.

Like Moore, Ahmad Jackson plans on returning to school eventually. The Lanett native graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in general physical education and hopes to become a coach.

“It means a lot, but I know it isn’t the end of the road for me,” Jackson said.

Jackson said he plans on returning to school in August to further his education.

His mother, Carla, said she is proud of him for staying focused and getting his degree.

“It’s just a blessing,” Carla said. “I’m so thankful and grateful.”

On the other hand, Camden native Leatrice Woods plans on going straight to work. She and her sister, Shameka, each graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in business administration. Woods said she wants to use her education to help others pursue their dreams in business.

“I want to start my own business, and I want to help young people to learn how to work and [how to] start their own business and work for themselves,” Woods said. “I’m excited. I’m very excited.”