December Graduation 2022November 22, 2022 (Jackson, Miss.) - Two commencement ceremonies will honor Belhaven University graduates on Saturday, December 10 at Thalia Mara Hall.

All students earning undergraduate, graduate education, and graduate biblical and theological degrees will have their ceremony at 9:30 a.m.

All online undergraduates, graduate business students, and Jackson adult students will celebrate commencement at 2:30 p.m.

Dr. Billy Kim will be the commencement speaker this year. Kim is a broadcaster, pastor, and influential speaker as well as an international Christian statesman who has advised former presidents of South Korea. Kim built an international media network at Far East Broadcasting Company-Korea where he serves as Chairman of the Board, and he became the first Asian to serve as the president of the 40 million-member Baptist World Alliance.

He earned his B.A. and M.A. at Bob Jones University. After completing his studies in the U.S., Kim returned to South Korea and founded the 17,000-member Central Baptist Church in Suwon, Korea where he served for 47 years as senior pastor. He now serves as pastor emeritus of Suwon Central Baptist while leading the Antioch congregation at Won Chun Church in Suwon.

Kim was the interpreter for Billy Graham in the famous Seoul Crusade of 1973 where over one million persons attended. In 1992, he was decorated by the President of South Korea for his effective efforts in changing the relationship between Korea and the countries of China and Russia. Kim has received a total of 16 honorary doctorates in recognition of his significant contributions in advancing the Kingdom of God around the world. He is married to Trudy Stephens Kim and is the father of three children: Joseph, John, and Mary Kay.