Join us on Tuesday, September 13, at 5 p.m. C.T. for the Fall 2022 Convocation, which will take place in the Fine Arts Room of the Susie McClure Library.

Convocation provides an opportunity at the start of each academic year for the entire ABC community come together to reflect on the way forward and how we can work together to carry out the College’s mission.

The Convocation address will be delivered by Rev. Dr. Johnny H. Flakes III, senior pastor of the Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus, GA, and a member of the American Baptist College Board of Trustees. Among his many honors is recent recognition as a recipient of the 2022 Faith-Based and Humanitarian Award from Diversity Programs and Services at Columbus State University.

Ways to Attend

In Person: McClure Library Fine Arts Room

1800 Baptist World Center Drive, Nashville TN, 37207

Online Via Zoom:

2022 Convocation Program

Opening Musical Selection*

Lift Every Voice and Sing


Master of Ceremony

Mr. Richard Jackson, Executive Vice President



ABC Student



ABC Student


Musical Selection*

Feeling Good (Nina Simone)


State of the College & Introduction of Speaker

Rev. Dr. Forrest E. Harris Sr., President


Musical Selection*

Oh Freedom! (Golden Gospel Singers)


Keynote Speaker

Rev. Dr. Johnny H. Flakes III, Senior Pastor, Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church


Academic Accomplishments

Dr. Febbie Dickerson, Vice President of Academic Affairs


Student Pinning Ceremony & Lighting of the Flame


Alma Mater

Mr. David Thomas, Professor


Closing Remarks & Benediction

Rev. Dr. Forrest E. Harris Sr., President


*Featured soloist for all musical selections:  Alanna Lee, Voice Student, Tennessee State University