Commencement for Toccoa Falls College is scheduled for Saturday, December 15, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Grace Chapel and Performing Arts Center.
The commencement speaker this year is Mr. Warren Cole Smith. Mr. Smith is an award-winning journalist, radio and television personality, and speaker for many groups around the country. He is the host of a radio program called “Worldviews with Warren Smith.” He also launched a television show with the same name on Inspiration Networks. He has published over a thousand articles on various topics such as business, social, and literary. His articles have been included in books like “Public Relations,” one of the most widely used college journalism textbooks. His papers have won awards from the Evangelical Press Association and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers.
Mr. Smith has his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in English, both from the University of Georgia. In addition to his work in Christian and secular media and publishing, he spent seven years as a senior marketing professional with the international firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. He and his wife Missy have four children.
Baccalaureate will be held on Friday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Grace Chapel and Performing Arts Center, and the speaker will be Mr. Mark A. Koser. Mr. Koser has been an assistant professor of counseling at Toccoa Falls College from the year 2000 to present. Before coming to Toccoa Falls College, Mr. Koser worked in the youth ministry from 1981 to 1988 at churches like Lake Avenue Congregational Church in Pasadena, CA, Westwood Chapel in Orlando, FL, and First Alliance Church in Mansfield, OH. He was ordained by the Christian and Missionary Alliance in 1986. He also counseled at many different institutions from 1988 to 1999 like the Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences and the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Laurelwood.
Mr. Koser received his B.A. in Social Sciences at Nyack College in 1981, and his M.A. in Pastoral Counseling and Psychology at Ashland Theological Seminary in 1990. He and his wife Lori have three children: Joshua, Katlyn, and Briana.
Following the Baccalaureate ceremony will be a reception for the graduates and their families hosted by Dr. Robert Myers in Gate Cottage.