April 29, 2016 : By Drew Menard
As Liberty University students celebrated the final Convocation of the school year with ice cream and live music, Senior Vice President for Spiritual Development David Nasser announced some confirmed guests for next semester’s slate. These guests include publishing executive Steve Forbes, ESPN commentator and former NFL player Joe Theismann, musician Brian “Head” Welch, political commentator Armstrong Williams, ESPN analyst Chris Broussard (who rescheduled after snow cancelled a previously planned visit), pastor and author Levi Lusko, and pastor Steven Furtick and Elevation Worship. Comedian Tim Hawkins is also in the lineup — students enjoyed his previous visit so much that he asked to come back and record a live comedy album.
Liberty’s Worship Collective provided entertainment via a medley of popular songs, including “Sweet Home Alabama,” performed in a progressive bluegrass style.
President Jerry Falwell kept the mood light by sharing humorous stories from his time as a Liberty student. He also thanked the student body and faculty for their commitment to Liberty, which has led to a community of academic excellence as evidenced in the Carnegie Foundation’s recent reclassification of Liberty as a doctoral university. Liberty’s Provost Dr. Ronald Hawkins introduced the students to this year’s winners of the President’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching, and thanked the recipients for their dedication in the classroom.
Students also heard from former congressman and popular conservative talk radio host Joe Walsh, who charged the young crowd to continuously fight for the freedoms they enjoy as Americans.
After being reminded that Liberty has been blessed in recent years with an on-campus voting precinct, making it easier for students to be civilly engaged, the crowd got a chance to hear from each of the candidates for Lynchburg City Council Ward III (the district in which Liberty lies): Charleta Mason, Albert Billingsley, and incumbent Jeff Helgeson.