Grace, Laffer Among Speakers at Mercer's 10 Commencement Ceremonies

April 24, 2008

Mark Vanderhoek
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MACON/ATLANTA — More than 1,500 students will participate in graduation ceremonies on Mercer University’s Macon and Atlanta campuses in May.  Mercer President William D. Underwood will confer bachelors’, masters’ and doctoral degrees during 10 commencements, and graduates will hear from an array of renowned speakers, including three prominent Mercerians.

Among those speaking will be national television legal analyst Nancy Grace and renowned economist Arthur B. Laffer Sr. Mercer alumna and trustee Grace, host of Headline News’ popular legal analysis program “Nancy Grace,” will give the keynote address at the May 10 commencement, which includes the University’s five undergraduate schools and colleges in Macon. Grace is a 1981 graduate of Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts and 1984 graduate of the Walter F. George School of Law. Widely known as the “father of supply-side economics,” Arthur B. Laffer Sr. will be the featured speaker at the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics commencement in Atlanta on May 17.

Below is the complete listing for Atlanta and Macon commencement dates, times and speakers.

Atlanta – Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Speaker: Michael R. Cohen, President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Participants: 142

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
Libby V. Morris, Director, Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia
Saturday, May 3, 12 p.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Participants: 56

College of Continuing and Professional Studies
Caryn McTighe Musil, Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Global Initiatives, Association of American Colleges and Schools
Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Participants: 105

James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology
The Rev. Charles F. Johnson, Visiting Instructor, McAfee School of Theology
Saturday, May 17, 11:30 a.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Participants: 58

Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics
Arthur B. Laffer Sr., economist and Chairman of Laffer Associates
Saturday, May 17, 2:30 p.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Participants: 162

Tift College of Education
Samuel T. King, B.A. ’84, Superintendent, Rockdale County Public Schools
Saturday, May 17, 5:30 p.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Participants: 166

Macon Campus

Mercer School of Medicine
The Honorable Cecil P. Staton Jr., District 18, Georgia Senate
Saturday, May 3, 5 p.m.
The University Center
Participants: 89

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
Nancy A. Grace, B.A. ’81, J.D. ’84, Host of Headline News’ legal analysis program, “Nancy Grace,” on Headline Prime
Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m.
The University Center
Participants: 480

Walter F. George School of Law
Janis F. Kearney, publisher, author, educator and literacy advocate. Served as personal diarist to President Clinton from 1995-2001.
Saturday, May 10, 2:30 p.m.
The University Center
Participants: 142

College of Continuing and Professional Studies
Y. Lynn Holmes, B.A. ’62, former president of Brewton-Parker College
Saturday, May 10, 7 p.m.
The University Center
Participants: 109

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, Atlanta and Savannah; three 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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