Celebrating the ABC Class of 2023

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Classes and projects have been completed and final exams have been taken. Now it’s time for members of the American Baptist College Class of 2023 to commemorate their accomplishments, and the entire ABC community is invited to join the celebration.

Both the Baccalaureate and Commencement services will be held at Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church, located at 2708 Jefferson Street in Nashville.
The Baccalaureate service will take place Wednesday, May 17, at 6 p.m. Central time. The speaker will be Dr. B. Lamont Monford Sr., pastor of Philippian Missionary Baptist Church in Lima, Ohio, and president of the American Baptist College Alumni Association.
The Commencement ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 18, at 11 a.m. Central time. The speaker will be Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield from the 13th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Plan to be a part of these very special events as we celebrate our graduates and celebrate American Baptist College … On the Road to 100!

Spirit Week 2023!

Students looked toward the end of the academic year while showcasing their ABC spirit during Spirit Week 2023, April 24-28. See some of their notable looks below:

Get to Know Campus Operations

ABC’s Department of Campus Operations, Facilities, and Security has a new presence on the College’s website, with information and resources related to all the measures in place to provide students, faculty, staff, administration, and visitors with a safe and secure environment.

Visit to learn more!

Building a Culture of Safety

Members of the ABC campus community participated in a valuable and timely training last month covering the basic knowledge and skills needed for an active shooter response.
“This is a very important exercise – the first of its kind for us to help build a culture of safety and appropriate response,” said President Forrest Harris. “Active shooter situations occur around the country, but you never expect them to happen in your community, or at your school. We cannot be cautious enough or prepared enough. We are committed to having a safe campus for students, faculty, staff, and our visitors. Still, an active shooter event is something we hope will never happen, not just at ABC, but anywhere.”
The training was led by Hendrell Remus, director of the Office of Emergency Management at Tennessee State University, and TSU’s terrorism liaison for the Department of Homeland Security.

“I’m glad we have an opportunity to continue building partnerships between Tennessee State University and American Baptist College,” Remus said. “The stronger we are together, the safer our communities will always be.”

Register Now for Summer Courses at ABC

Learning is an ongoing activity at American Baptist College and Summer 2023 will bring new opportunities to grow academically. Registration is currently open for the following classes, all of which are three credit hours and will be offered online:

Session I (June 1-30)
MU 210       Music and the Art of Listening
TH 215        Hip Hop Theology
CS 160        Social Justice Internet (Prerequisite for CS 265)

Session II (July 1-31)
SO 201       Introduction to Social Work
LS 350        Foundations for Entrepreneurship
CS 265       Information Literacy and Conspiracy Theories


ABC Chief of Staff Phyllis Hildreth was recently honored with the YMCA of Middle Tennessee’s Red Triangle Award, in recognition of her “long and meritorious service, and outstanding contributions in the community.” Hildreth serves on the YMCA’s board of directors, among many other community activities.
Congratulations to Director of Student Housing and Residential Life Terrence Chandler-Harrison, who joins a select group of graduates from the University of Southern California’s Rossier College of Education to receive “Dissertation of Distinction” recognition. His dissertation is titled “Sacred Sexism: Uncovering Patriarchy in Black Church Leadership.”

Donate To American Baptist College

Your financial support allows us to offer students a unique opportunity to achieve academic success. As we approach our centennial celebration in 2024, your gift will directly impact their lives, this community, and our world.
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Upcoming Events

May 10-16
Spring Final Exams and Papers Due

May 17
Baccalaureate @ 6 PM

May 18
Commencement @ 11 AM

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American Baptist College has survived and thrived for 98 years. Established out of a desire to train African American preachers, it now is a full-fledged Historically Black College/University and offers both Associate's and Bachelor's degrees. Nestled on the “Holy” Hill in North Nashville, this College is a treasured institution in teaching, guiding and developing leaders of social change for the 21st century and beyond. Our work places a SEAL (Social Justice, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership) on the world. 
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