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Tony Nolan Opens Convocation for UC’s 125th Celebration


Williamsburg, KY.,- On September 3, University of the Cumberlands (UC) held the opening convocation for the 2013-2014 school year in the O. Wayne Rollins Center. The gym filled as students, faculty, and staff awaited guest speaker, Tony Nolan.

Dr. Taylor announced that there are about 5,000 students enrolled for the fall semester. “This is a very historical celebration,” he proudly mentioned, “We begin our 125th year to serve.” The new faculty and staff members, who continue this long legacy of teaching future leaders, were recognized by Dr. Larry Cockrum.


Tony Nolan entered the stage and his main verse of the evening was John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Nolan proceeded to explain how this verse has touched his life and how he carries the word around him wherever he goes.

Nolan’s testimony was heart breaking at first and then inspiring as he told how God changed his life. From the very beginning, Nolan’s life started out in difficult circumstances. He was born in a mental institute to a homeless prostitute and then placed in a corrupt foster care system in Jacksonville, Florida. He was put in homes where the people did not care to cherish a child, but where they cherished the money the government gave them instead.

He was adopted for $200 and was told repeatedly that he wasn’t worth the money for which he was bought. Words like this from a father can be detrimental. “Negative words have a way of echoing in our hearts and it brings us down,” Nolan explained. He struggled as a teen and even attempted suicide. He had no hope for a better life.

“Then one day...someone shared the Word of God with me,” Nolan said, “It was John 3:16 and it completely changed my life forever.” The fact that God still speaks to people today is definitely true as seen in the testimony of Nolan. “I’ve heard the voice of God,” Nolan excitedly said, “He told me that HE was my father now and that HE doesn’t regret me like my earthly father did. Satan tried to highjack my heart with negativity but God said, ‘no way.’”

Nolan captivated the audience during UC’s opening convocation and set a positive tone for the beginning of UC’s 125th year with hundreds raising their hands in prayer asking God to bless their journey as they walk His path.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit