Mercer to Hold Nine Commencements
In May for 1,700 Graduates

April 29, 2009

Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037

MACON/ATLANTA — Approximately 1,700 students will be recognized during Mercer University graduation ceremonies on its Macon and Atlanta campuses in May.  Mercer President William D. Underwood will confer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees during nine commencements, and graduates will hear from an array of distinguished speakers.

Among those speaking at the commencements will be Gov. Sonny Perdue, who will give the keynote address at the May 16 commencement, at which graduates will receive degrees from the College of Liberal Arts, Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, Tift College of Education, School of Engineering and Townsend School of Music in Macon. Gov. Perdue will also receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the ceremony.

In Atlanta, John A. Allison, chairman of BB&T Corp., one of the nation’s largest financial holding companies, will be the featured speaker at the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics commencement in Atlanta on May 23. The University will also present Allison with an honorary Doctor of Commerce degree during the event.

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
Dr. Peter H. Vlasses, executive director of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Candidates for degrees: 152

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
Dr. William L. Self, senior pastor of Johns Creek Baptist Church in Alpharetta
Saturday, May 9, noon
Sheffield Student Center
Candidates for degrees: 94

James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology
David A. Hudson, CLA ’68, partner in the law firm of Hull, Towill, Norman, Barrett & Salley, in Augusta
Saturday, May 23, 11:30 a.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Candidates for degrees: 46

Tift College of Education
Kelly C. Henson, executive secretary of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission
Saturday, May 23, 2:30 p.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Candidates for degrees: 281

Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics
John A. Allison, chairman of BB&T Corp.
Saturday, May 23, 5:30 p.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Candidates for degrees: 134

Macon

School of Medicine
James A. Hotz, M.D., clinical services director of Albany Area Primary Care
Saturday, May 9, 5 p.m.
University Center
Candidates for degrees: 113

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
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue
Saturday, May 16, 9:30 a.m.
University Center
Candidates for degrees: 490

College of Continuing and Professional Studies (Macon, Eastman, Henry County, Douglas County and Atlanta Regional Academic Centers)
Dr. Margaret Koepke, coordinator of the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program at the Institute of Higher Education
Saturday, May 16, 2:30 p.m.
University Center
Candidates for degrees: 230

Walter F. George School of Law
The Honorable Edward H. Johnson, presiding judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia
Saturday, May 16, 6 p.m.
University Center
Candidates for degrees: 159

About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has approximately 7,600 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 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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