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Published on May 25, 2012
Maryville College's 2012 Baccalaureate ceremony was held on May 20 in the Clayton Center for the Arts' Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre. The Rev. Edward J. Sykes, Methodist Mission Partner and circuit minister in Nassau, Bahamas, was this year's baccalaureate speaker. Sykes is the father of graduating senior Jonathan Sykes '12 and sophomore student Thomas Sykes '14.
The title of his address was "Ubuntu -- I Am What I Am Because of Who We All Are."
A native of England, Sykes holds degrees from Southampton University and the University of Birmingham. Ministering fulltime in the Methodist Church for the last 30 years, he has served in the British Methodist Conference, the United Church of Zambia, the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas and the Holston Conference in the United States.
Every summer since 2005, Sykes has brought a youth group from the Bahamas for a week at Camp Wesley Woods in Walland, where he also volunteers as a minister in residence.
Held in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center for the Arts, the baccalaureate ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 20, and is open to the public.