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APRIL 2023


It is hard to believe we are here at the end of the academic school year. The last few weeks of school can be filled with projects, exams and paper deadlines, so this can be a challenging and stressful time for your student. With so much going on, I’ve included some information in the newsletter to remind your student of how to be best prepared for those upcoming final exams.
Congratulations to our students who will be graduating soon! It is a privilege to be a resource for our Bison families, and we greatly appreciate your partnership.  
Go Bisons!
Stacy Blackston ('00)
Director of Parent Engagement


Please check the Academic Calendar webpage for information updates about the schedule for summer classes and the upcoming academic year. 
Upcoming Key Dates
  • April 27: Study Day - undergrads
  • April 23: Lipscomb in Atlanta—Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros
  • April 28-May 3: Final examinations - grad students
  • May 2: Parent Prayer Zoom
  • May 4: Residence Halls close at 1 p.m. (except for graduating seniors)
  • May 5: Undergraduate Baccalaureate
  • May 6: Commencement
  • May 6: Residence Halls close for graduating seniors at 6 p.m.
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We hope you will join us for the last prayer Zoom of the year! What a blessing our monthly Zooms have been this year.
Mark your calendar—next month we will meet on May 2. Brent Roe-Hall, assistant dean of vocation and spiritual formation, will share the spiritual journey our students have experienced this year.
Please join us for a time of prayer and an opportunity to connect with other Lipscomb parents. During this time, we will pray over our students, share praises and hear from a member of our Lipscomb faculty and staff. Join via


The countdown to final exams is on! Here are a few reminders to pass on to students as they begin to prepare for exams.
Study Tips for Final Exams and Projects
  • Touch every subject every day! Daily study is better than saving it up for longer study sessions a couple of times a week. Break homework down into small steps that are well-defined and practice active studying.
  • Take advantage of office hours. Stop by your professor’s office or email questions to your professor if you are having trouble with a concept or topic.
  • Find a good spot to study. Dorm rooms may be distracting to focus and study in, but there are plenty of places to study on campus. Check out the library, academic buildings, off-campus sites or outside for the perfect place to study.
  • Take short breaks and take care of yourself. Brains can only process a limited amount of information and will benefit from some rest. Remind your students to eat healthy, exercise, drink water and get plenty of sleep.
Exams are scheduled April 28 - May 3. Click here for the exam schedule link.


Friday, May 5
  • 8:30 a.m. Provost's Breakfast
  • 10 a.m. Undergraduate Commencement Rehearsal, TBD
  • 5 p.m. Undergraduate Baccalaureate Ceremony, Collins Auditorium
  • 6 p.m. Baccalaureate Reception, Bison Square
The annual Baccalaureate Service is a time of worship for the May undergraduate class and their families the day before commencement. Undergraduate students will receive a link to register for the service later in the semester.

Saturday, May 6
  • 8:30 a.m. Graduate Commencement Rehearsal, TBD
  • 10:30 a.m. Graduate Commencement Ceremony, Allen Arena
  • 3:30 p.m. Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, Allen Arena
Doors will open 90 minutes prior to each ceremony in Allen Arena, and seating will be limited. All guests are asked to plan accordingly. Overflow viewing areas will be available when Allen Arena hits capacity.


You worked so hard to create the perfect dorm room…it’s hard to believe it’s already time to move out! The good news is, it’s easier to move out than move in.  If you are looking to store your student’s dorm furniture and accessories, several self-storage companies in Brentwood just a few miles from campus are available. If this is something you need, be sure to check online for options and call them soon to reserve a unit. With so many colleges in town, these units fill up quickly!
Learn more about summer housing.
Learn more about off-campus housing.


Daughter, granddaughters to receive degrees alongside grandmother at commencement
Four women from three generations of the Williams family will receive advanced degrees at the Lipscomb University commencement ceremony on May 6, bringing the number of college degrees they will have received between the four of them to 11.
Forrestine White Williams will receive her Master of Divinity, her daughter Shameka D. Williams will receive a Master of Education, and her granddaughters Kyrionna M. Golliday and Kristen Alexandrea Williams will both earn a Master of Science in Biomolecular Science.
The grandmother of the family, Forrestine Williams, 71, is receiving her fourth college degree 47 years after earning her first, a B.S. in business education, at Tennessee State University in 1976. She also has a Master of Public Administration and a Doctor of Education Degree. LEARN MORE


Parent Program Facebook
A Lipscomb University Parent Program Facebook page has been created to help parents engage with each other and the university. Be sure to check it out, like it and help us grow the Lipscomb parent community!
Also, be sure to like/follow us on Parent Program Instagram!
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Stacy Blackston ('00)
Director of Parent Engagement
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