2 local students earn degrees from Trevecca Nazarene University


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On May 4, Trevecca Nazarene University celebrated the University’s 118th Commencement Convocation. The University conferred more than 1,140 degrees during the Saturday morning ceremony.

Local graduates include:

  • Matthew Austin Davis, of Cullman. Davis earned a Bachelor of Arts.
  • Madison Taylor Rusk, of Logan. Rusk earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Doctor Richard Parrott, Trevecca professor of leadership studies, served as the commencement speaker. The author of Leadership Essentials: The Proven Path of Effective Leadership, Finding Your Path in Life and My Soul Purpose, Parrott has served on the University faculty since 2008. He holds degrees from Eastern Nazarene College, Nazarene Theological Seminary, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Oregon State University.

Trevecca Nazarene University is a Christian university in the heart of Nashville focused on preparing students for lives of leadership and service. Founded in 1901, Trevecca is committed to holistic education, encouraging students to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. U.S. News & World Report ranked Trevecca as a national university in the annual “2019 America’s Guide to Colleges,” making the University the only Nazarene institution to receive the national ranking. In 2016, the Carnegie Foundation classified Trevecca as a doctoral university, ranking it among the top 7 percent of schools nationwide. Located just one mile from thriving downtown Nashville, Trevecca offers classes at the main campus as well as four other locations across the Southeast and online classes offered worldwide. With students from 47 states and 25 countries, Trevecca offers 15 associate degrees, 83 undergraduate majors, 20 master’s programs, and two doctoral programs, as well as specialist and certificate programs.