As American Baptist College commemorates its 100th anniversary in 2024, we invite you to join us and lend your support throughout the year as we celebrate the students, alumni, and partners who have allowed us to “Light a Flame that Lasts Forever.”

Centennial Celebration Events

Transformative Global Leadership Conference

September 5-7, 2024

Scarritt Bennett Center | 1027 18th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212

As part of our Centennial celebration, we are proud to co-sponsor the inaugural The Cross of the Diaspora event, where participants will gain access to comprehensive training and exposure, tools for social transformation, drawing from biblical foundations and embracing the cultural significance across the African diaspora. Register here.


Susie McClure Library Bible Room Dedication

October 20, 2024

Coinciding with Spring Commencement, this event will shine a spotlight on the College’s collection of Bibles and other important faith-based documents which serve as resources for students and others.

Student/Alumni Debate

October 22, 2024

This event will explore the past, present, and future of American Baptist College from the perspective of current students and alumni, with a focus on the “WHY.”


Founders’ Forum

October 23, 2024

This historic discussion will include representatives from the two entities that established American Baptist College: the all-Black National Baptist Convention USA and the all-White Southern Baptist Convention.


66th Annual Garnett-Nabrit Lectures

October 22-24, 2024

This ABC tradition will move from March to October this year to coincide with other centennial events, but will once again feature dynamic lectures, inspired preaching, and substantive dialogue about religiosity and social justice in our society.


Centennial Scholarship Celebration

October 25, 2024

The culminating event of the centennial celebration, this event will highlight the College’s history with vignettes, speakers, and an array of presentations and performances.

Celebrate With ABC!

As we commemorate a century of preparing leaders for ministry and service, we invite you to join us in honoring our past, present, and future. There are many ways you can participate, including:

Celebrate with a Gift

Help us continue our legacy of building graduates who are brilliant and community-driven. Your gift is an investment in the dreams and talents of the next generation of leaders, and will help ensure American Baptist College’s role as a pillar of Christian-centered higher education.


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Thank you to our partners at BNA — Nashville International Airport for your support of the American Baptist College 2025 Centennial Graduation Activities!

ABC Connections

American Baptist College is producing a series of videos featuring alumni, staff, and supporters sharing their “ABC Connections.” New videos will are released every two weeks on ABC’s YouTube channel and across social media.

"Memories From The Road To 100"

As ABC commemorates its centennial year in 2024, we will be showcasing artifacts and stories of the people, places, and things that are part of our legacy.