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Graduate Joshua Bivins Headed to Harvard


Joshua Lane Bivins, a graduating senior at Bethune-Cookman University majoring in Religion & Philosophy with a concentration in Christian Studies, will be graduating summa cum laude this Saturday. Bivins is a Harvard Divinity School Diversity & Explorations graduate and will be returning for the Fall 2016 semester on a full scholarship to attend the School of Law and obtain a Juris Doctor and Masters of Divinity. 

Joshua, 25, is a native of Live Oak, Fla., where he attended Suwannee High School and received his high school diploma. In 2014, he graduated from Columbia College with an Associate of Arts degree, and then moved to Daytona Beach to attend Bethune-Cookman University.

Bivins describes his experience while attending B-CU as life changing, challenging and transitional. As he prepares for graduate school, Joshua acknowledges Dr. Alice Wood as an influence in his success at Bethune- Cookman University. “I really had not planned on going to graduate school; however Dr. Wood saw something in me that I didn't see in myself,” said Bivins. 

In March 2015, Joshua visited South Africa for a 10-day pilgrimage which he acclaimed was a great opportunity and a trip of a lifetime. He gained a wealth of knowledge and exposure by way of Rev. David Allen, Assistant Dean of the School of Religion.

“The entire faculty of the School of Religion has played a significant role in my development as a rising theologian. Mrs. Janeen Mack in the College of Undergraduate Studies has been a breath of fresh air as my student success coach and a dear academic friend,” Joshua stated. 

Joshua is the founder of Joshua L. Bivins Ministries and Bivins Enterprise, a transportation service provided for the students in the Daytona Beach area (Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona State College & Embry-Riddle University). Joshua is an international missionary, conference leader, psalmist, prayer warrior, and author.
Joshua attends Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church in Daytona Beach. After graduate school, he desires to travel back to South Africa to teach at Africa University, be a Presidential Advisor to The White House and start the ministry that God has birthed on the inside of him.  Most importantly, he wants to live, teach and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“I am extremely excited about going on the mountain tops, over the hills and everywhere to tell the world that Jesus Christ is Lord. My father/role-model/mentor and someone I highly respect Rev. Dr. Randolph Bracy Jr. was indeed God sent for such a time as this.” 

Mr. Bivins lives by the scripture, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." - Psalm 37:4.

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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