Dr. T. Walter Brashier, Sr., investor and evangelist from Greenville, delivered his commencement address before family and friends of 186 North Greenville college graduates in Turner Chapel on Thursday, May 5th. This marks the largest single graduating class in the school’s 113-year history.
Brashier encouraged the graduates to never lose sight of their purpose for being born; to serve God. He stressed the importance for them to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. “You’ve taken your final exam at North Greenville. But you still have one more final exam and God calls it ‘The Judgement.’
At the conclusion of his address, Brashier was awarded an honorary Doctor of Christian Leadership degree and was hooded by NGC President, Dr. Jimmy Epting. Dr. Anita K. Bowles, Executive Director for Academics and Rev. Bennie Durham, NGC Board Chairman.
In addition to being a memorable day for the graduates, the college was surprised with the announcement of a $1 million gift made by Dr. Brashier to name the college’s graduate school. The North Greenville College T. Walter Brashier Graduate School will offer graduate programs in Business and Christian Studies. Enrollment has already begun with 100 students expected.
“I was glad to do this for the school. I am sold on North Greenville College and its Christian leadership,” stated Brashier.
Brashier’s gift is not his first to North Greenville College. His support spans over a period of four decades.
In the early 70’s, Brashier built a twelve unit apartment type residence hall on the campus which currently houses female resident students and is named Brashier Hall. In the late 70’s he deeded a ten story building which housed the college’s downtown extension program. He has also supported many students with scholarship assistance.
“Walt has been a friend of North Greenville College for a long time and the college is excited about having his name on this graduate school. It will make a tremendous difference for many years to come,” said NGC President, Dr. Jimmy Epting.
He and Christine are members of Berea First Baptist Church in Greenville. They have four children: Ted, Tim, Tommy, Kathy and eleven grandchildren. One of their grandchildren, Christy Brashier, was a member of NGC’s 2005 graduating class.
Article published in the Fall 2005 North Greenville College Magazine.