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AB hosts Opening Convocation

Submitted photos Dr. Tim Barry, president of Alderson Broaddus University, presents guest speaker Dr. Beth Rushing with certificate at the 150th Opening Convocation.

PHILIPPI — On Sept. 9, Alderson Broaddus University commemorated a new academic year and welcomed the Class of 2025 to the mountaintop. Students from 25 countries, 34 states, one territory, and the District of Columbia were celebrated as diverse and vibrant members of AB and the community.

The formal Opening Convocation ceremony officially embraced new and returning students and staff to the AB campus. As in years past, Alderson Broaddus will become the home away from home for many, as they trust the University’s rich tradition of providing the highest quality education.

“It is a great joy to welcome our students back for our 151st year. The Opening Convocation allows us to affirm and enhance the sense of community which exists at Alderson Broaddus while we celebrate our shared values and our mission.”

Dr. Beth Rushing, President of the Appalachian College Association (ACA), gave this year’s opening convocation address. Representing a consortium of 34 private colleges and universities in Appalachia, ACA offers collaborative opportunities for faculty, staff, and students of member institutions.

Rushing’s address, entitled “On Failure as an Option,” centered on failure as a necessary by-product of success. She invoked memories of Apollo 13 and the many inventions by Thomas Edison to underscore her point. In essence, Rushing explained that failure is an experience, that if properly evaluated, would enable them to be more successful in the future. The key, never let failure have the last word.

Dr. Beth Rushing, president of the Appalachian College Association, encourages students to view failure is as a valuable experience toward success.

Alderson Broaddus University is an independent institution of higher learning, affiliated with the West Virginia Baptist Convention and American Baptist Churches USA, committed to serving the region as an academic, cultural, and religious resource, with programs based on a liberal arts foundation.

The mission of AB is to provide students with the highest quality education, striving to prepare students to succeed in their chosen disciplines and to fulfill their roles in a diverse society, as well-rounded and responsible citizens.

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