Pastor Frederick K. Price Jr. of Crenshaw Christian Center (CCC) received his doctor of divinity degree, along with several others, during a ceremony on July 10 at the Carson Civic Center.
The ceremony combined both the 15th and 16th graduating classes of the Bible Believers Christian College and Seminary (BBCCS) in the city of Hawthorne. The graduating classes were combined because the coronavirus epidemic delayed the 2020 graduation classes. About 400 persons were in attendance.
Dr. Willie E. Dye and Dr. Steven Davis were the presenters. Dr. Edward Jenkins, Sr., the keynote speaker, gave the charge. Dr. Vera Milton is chancellor and founder of BBCCS. Dr. Dye, who is the BBCCS dean of students and vice president as well as a CCC member, recommended the CCC pastor for the doctorate. Besides Dr. Price, there were 63 other graduates.
Among them were Crenshaw members Pamela Dye, Dr. Dye’s wife, and Corliss M. Williford, CCC historian-archivist. Both were part of the postponed 2020 graduation class. Dr. Williford was unable to attend the graduation ceremony.
There were seven class speakers, each a valedictorian representing a different class level. Among the other degrees awarded were Ph.Ds, doctoral, D.D. (honorary doctoral degree), Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate of Arts degrees.
The entire ceremony lasted about two and a half hours.
Crenshaw Christian Center is located at 7901 S. Vermont Ave. in Los Angeles.