Saturday, May 09, 2009
No Degrees in Waste Management?
Here are some scary statistics:
Liberty University welcomed its largest-ever graduating class — 6,350 students — at 2009 Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 9. ...
Of this year's graduates, 32 percent are residential students, and 68 percent received degrees from Liberty University Online. Liberty's 2009 graduates received degrees and certifications from the following: aeronautics (27), arts and sciences (2,284), business (964), communication (293), engineering and computational science (43), education (583), government (176), law (55), religion (685), seminary (975), Willmington School of the Bible (15), Liberty Home Bible Institute (21), Institute of Biblical Studies (2) and the Online Academy (24).
It's amusing to note that Ben Stein, described as an "accomplished scholar, attorney, writer and actor" reportedly "delivered a message of creationism, patriotism and value for humanity to graduates and their families." Humping creationism pretty much belies the "scholar" business. It's even funnier that Stein follows in the footsteps of other illustrious commencement speakers:
Last year Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. noted that "Walker: Texas Ranger" star Chuck Norris' Commencement address was a historic one because it was Liberty's first address delivered in cowboy boots.
The school's seal, with a burning book and the incitement to set knowledge aflame, remains one of the most apt I've ever seen.