Mercer University to Graduate Nearly 1,500 Students in May

April 30, 2007

Media Contact: Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037 or (800) 837-2911

MACON/ATLANTA  — Nearly 1,500 students will participate in graduation ceremonies on Mercer University’s Macon and Atlanta campuses in May.  Awarding bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, the University will hold 10 commencement ceremonies and hear from an array of renowned speakers, including several prominent Mercerians.

Below is a listing of commencement dates, times and speakers.

Atlanta Commencements – Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Speaker: Dr. Roger L. Williams, executive vice president and Chief Executive Officer of United States Pharmacopeia
Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Graduates: 142

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
Speaker: Kerry Gough, member of Georgia Baptist College of Nursing Board of Visitors and retired district manager with Travelers Insurance Company
Saturday, May 5, 12 p.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Graduates: 47

College of Continuing and Professional Studies
Speaker: Dr. Peter Rhea Jones, Sr.
Professor of Preaching and New Testament,
McAfee School of Theology
Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Graduates: 113

James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology
Speaker: Dr. J. Truett Gannon, AB ’51, the Watkins Christian Foundation Professor of Ministry Experience at the McAfee School of Theology
Saturday, May 19, 11:30 a.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Graduates: 40

Tift College of Education
Speaker: Sherrill W. Ragans, AB ’58, retired associate vice president at Florida State University
Saturday, May 19, 2:30 p.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Graduates: 146

Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics
Speaker: Rebecca B. Blalock, MBA ’84, senior vice president and chief information officer for the Southern Co.
Saturday, May 19, 5:30 p.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Graduates: 158

Macon Commencements

School of Medicine
Speaker: Dr. R. Kirby Godsey, chancellor of Mercer University
Saturday, May 5, 5 p.m.
The University Center
Graduates: 101

Macon Commencement
College of Liberal Arts, Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, School of Engineering, Tift College of Education and Townsend School of Music
Speaker: The Honorable Griffin B. Bell, LLB ’48, HDLW ’67, Former United States Attorney General, partner with King & Spalding and a Mercer Trustee
Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m.
The University Center
Graduates: 483

Walter F. George School of Law
Speaker: The Honorable Cathy Cox, JD ’86, former Secretary of State of Georgia and president-elect of Young Harris College
Saturday, May 12, 2:30 p.m.
The University Center
Graduates: 125

College of Continuing and Professional Studies
Speaker: Mr. Virgil L. Adams, JD ’80, partner with Adams, Jordan & Treadwell PC, Macon
Saturday, May 12, 7 p.m.
The University Center
Graduates: 143

About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has 7,300 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; four regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial Health University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit
www.mercer.edu .
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