KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Johnson Bible College awarded diplomas to 126 graduates at a commencement ceremony earlier this month. This is the largest class to graduate from the college in its 109-year history, and the first honors diplomas were awarded for students who completed special honors curriculum. Twenty-three of the graduates received master’s degrees; 90 received bachelor’s degrees, and 13 received associate degrees. “In 1969, the year I became president of Johnson Bible College, the college had 33 graduates, and that was the typical size of a graduating class in those days,” said Dr. David Eubanks, president of Johnson Bible College. “The size of the graduating classes has gradually increased over the years, with this year setting a new record high.” JBC has experienced record graduating classes and enrollment for the past five years, nearly doubling its student population. In order to accommodate this growth, in February 2000 the college announced, “Build up the Walls, Stand in the Gap”- the largest campaign and single-largest campus expansion in the college’s history.
“Thanks to the generous donations and support of the community, area businesses, alumni and friends of the college, we were able to build two large dormitories and a new classroom building,” said Eubanks.
In addition, the school added a new baseball diamond, soccer field, tennis courts, an outdoor basketball court and volleyball courts. The additions to the college campus resulted in $20 million of campus improvements and expansion.
“The primary purpose of the college is not just to recruit a freshman class each year or conduct classes and other campus activities during the year, but to prepare as many students as possible for their life’s work,” said Eubanks.
Johnson Bible College was founded in 1893 and is located on the banks of the French Broad River in South Knox County. The College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelor and master level degrees. Johnson Bible College is a member of Tennessee’s Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA).
For more information about Johnson Bible College please call Wilbur Reid at (865) 251-2225.

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