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The month of May has been a busy one here in Pippa Passes. In May, ALC celebrated the class of 2023, spring sports concluded their seasons, and the Voices of Appalachia performed on their first tour since 2019.

On Saturday, May 6th in the Perry Campus Center, Alice Lloyd College celebrated the class of 2023 at the annual baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies. The baccalaureate service began at 10:30 am and featured a message about creating beautiful minds by guest speaker, and Caney Junior College alum, Reverend Lawrence Baldridge.

Following a brief recession after the baccalaureate, commencement began at 12:15 featuring guest speaker Alice Lloyd College Chancellor Joe Stepp who gave the graduating class his key to success: serve God and your fellow man. This year, ninety-two students completed their degree and work study requirements. Of the ninety-two 2023 graduates, thirty-nine graduated with honors, and sixteen graduated with high honors. Four graduates were double majors, and thirty-nine students received minors (four graduates received two minors). For more information about ALC’s 2023 Graduating Class, click here.

On Tuesday, May 9th, the ALC Softball team upset Kentucky Christian University in the NCCAA Mideast Region before falling to Oakland City University in the finals. In Game One of the tournament, the Lady Eagles fought a back and forth contest before edging the competition with a final score of 6-5. The Lady Eagles put forth a strong effort in Game Two, but were defeated by a score 14-5 which ended their season.

The ALC Baseball team also ended their season in the NCCAA Mideast Region Tournament. On Wednesday, May 10th, the Eagles faced off against the third seed Kentucky Christian University, and, despite a valiant effort, were defeated by a score of 4-1.

On May 11th and 12th the ALC Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field teams competed in the NCCAA National Championship. For the Women’s team, Riley Schrek competed in the javelin throw, earning 8th place out of a field of 18 athletes with a throw of 32.5 m. Lady Eagle Sarah Cecil competed in the 400m hurdles and finished 10th. In the men’s competition, Nick Chasteen placed 10th in the 100m dash and 16th in the 200m race, Davy Bentley placed 11th in high jump, Kenny Wilburn placed 15th in the 400m race, and Andre Harless placed 10th and Rhett Estep 11th in the 400m hurdles.

Alice Lloyd College is proud of our student athletes. Their hard work and dedication shows in the classroom, in work study, and in their sports. For more information about ALC’s Athletic Teams, click here.

On Thursday, May 11th, Alice Lloyd College’s Voice of Appalachia Choir embarked on their first tour since 2019. This year’s tour featured five stops that spanned three states. The tour began with their 7pm performance at the First Baptist Church in Camden, TN on May 11th. The Voices then performed at the First Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, AR at 7pm on May 12th, at the African American Museum in Tyler, TX at 3pm on May 14th, at the Conservatory at Alden Bridge at The Woodlands, TX at 3pm on May 17, and then concluded this year’s tour with a performance at the Crossroads Baptist Church at The Woodlands, TX at 7pm on May 18th. To read more about ALC’s Voices of Appalachia Choir, click here.

That’s all for the month of May this summer in Pippa Passes. Coming up in June, Alice Lloyd College will host its annual Alumni Purpose Day and Summer Orientation, so stay tuned for the next edition of This Summer in Pippa Passes!