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December 10, 2013 (Jackson) - Belhaven University will honor its graduating adult, online and graduate students on Saturday, December 14, 2013. Belhaven’s Jackson Commencement Ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m. in Thalia Mara Hall, 255 East Pascagoula Street. The Rev. Neddie Winters, President of Mission Mississippi, will be the commencement speaker at the ceremony.

Rev. Winters is a native Mississippian, born and raised in Tunica. He serves as president of Mission Mississippi, a movement in the church to reconcile individuals across racial and denominational lines. Mission Mississippi began in 1993 and just celebrated their 20-year anniversary. Rev. Winters is a former pastor with over 20 years of pastoral ministry. In addition, he has over 40 years of experience in management, administration, executive leadership, mortgage financing, agricultural and non-agricultural lending as well as training and promotional development activities. He is a consultant, leadership development trainer and coach, conference speaker, and workshop leader. He serves on many different boards and community organizations.

Rev. Winters holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Agriculture from Alcorn State University and a Master of Science Degree in Public Financial Management from The American University, Washington D.C. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from the New Foundation Theological Seminary in Terry, Miss. He furthered his studies by attending Reform Theological Seminary in Jackson, Miss. and Stephen Olford Preaching Institute in Memphis, Tenn. He has been married to his wife Tommie for over 40 years and they have five children, 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. They live in Clinton, Miss.

We are excited for all of our December graduates and the work they have accomplished. If you have any questions concerning the commencement service, please contact Lee Craig, Coordinator of Ceremonies, at 601-968-5922 or email for assistance.


Belhaven University stands among select Christian colleges and universities and has been repeatedly named one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys." The University offers 30 academic majors across a full spectrum of disciplines as well as a variety of graduate programs. In addition, Belhaven has achieved the distinction of being among only 30 universities nationally accredited in each of the major arts – music, theatre, visual art and dance. All programs are taught from a Christian worldview perspective and are guided by the mission to prepare students academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.

Belhaven University serves over 3,700 students offering undergraduate and graduate degrees on its residential campus, an online degree program, and graduate and adult degree programs in Jackson, Memphis, Orlando, Houston, Chattanooga, and Atlanta.