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Snead State Hosts Special Commencement Ceremonyfor Baseball, Softball, Women’s Golf

Snead State Community College celebrated 23 of its graduating student-athletes with a special commencement ceremony on Tuesday, April 30.

Inside Plunkett-Wallace Gymnasium, 12 members from the Parsons’ baseball, 10 from the softball, and one from women’s golf teams were honored.

Before the graduates were presented degrees, Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore delivered a speech that included points from the Biblical story of David and Goliath, touching on the traits and characteristics of lions, and a special message from “The Lion King.”

“I’ve loved watching all of you compete this year. I’ve watched you come back in games that we counted you out of,” said Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore. “I’ve watched giants attack you academically and athletically. But when the giants tried to strike fear in your hearts, you didn’t bolt; you didn’t hide. I saw you rise up as teams. Now as you leave this place, I’m challenging you to rise up as individuals. Continue to fight. No matter what your giant is, you run toward it.

“Life’s full of giants. When you defeat one, you better get ready for the next one because it’s not over. When you’re facing giants, you’re in one of three places. Either you have just beat one, you’re fighting one, or you’re about to fight. And that’s the way it’s going to be the rest of your life.

“So keep courage, keep that grit, keep the faith of that grain of a mustard seed. Keep God by your side, because there’s no giant that’s ever going to be too big for your heart. But you’ve got to run to it. You’ve got to develop that lion-like mentality and no matter what, ‘remember who you are.’”

“This is one of the most important things we do,” Snead State Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach Casey Underwood said. “As coaches, you always want to see your players succeed and achieve their dreams on the field, but there’s no greater feeling than to see them succeed off the field, better themselves in the classroom, and walk across the stage to receive that degree. I’m so proud of all of our Parson student-athletes and wish them all the best in the next chapter of their lives.”

The special ceremony for the athletes was first held a few years ago to recognize those on the College’s spring sports teams who were unable to attend the formal Commencement ceremony because they were playing in tournaments. This year, graduating athletes from all of the spring sports were recognized.