December 5, 2013 (Jackson) - Belhaven University’s Chattanooga Campus will honor its graduating students during the Chattanooga Commencement Ceremony on Friday, December 13, 7:00 p.m. at Brainerd Baptist Church.

Dr. Richard Harris, Assistant Vice President for Adult Studies, said, “Commencement is an exciting time for our graduating students. They work very hard on their academics while balancing full-time jobs, family obligations, and full-time college courses of study. The successful completion of their study opens a new chapter in their lives. It is a joyous occasion worthy of celebrating. We invite their extended families to join us in celebrating their success.”

The commencement speaker for Belhaven Chattanooga’s graduation ceremony will be Mr. Terry Massey. He has enjoyed a distinguished career working for, building, and starting technology, software and consulting organizations. His most recent start up is AmeriStride, a business growth, leadership development, and performance management firm located in Chattanooga. His client, Metalworking Solutions, won the 2011 Small Business of the Year Award from the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and another client, Office Furniture Warehouse, was recently a finalist for the 2012 award. In addition, Massey has recently founded the first Truth@Work chapter in Chattanooga and serves as chapter president. Truth@Work is a ministry focused on helping Christian business leaders build “kingdom minded” businesses and organizations while integrating their Christian faith into daily operational decisions and practices. Massey began his career with Fortune 100 companies, Burroughs Corporation and Martin Marietta, and co-founded the software company ID Velocity as well as serve as Chief Operating Officer.

Massey grew up in the Hinkle community on Lookout Mountain, Tenn. He has held numerous roles in his local church from chairing the Long Range Planning Committee and Finance Committee to currently serving as an Adult Small Group Leader, Children’s Worship Leader, Finance Committee member, overseer of the Daycare school, and member of the Vision Committee. He and his wife Judy are the proud parents of four boys, Matthew, Alex, Bryce and Kirill.