Mercer to Hold 10 Commencements for 1,600 Students in May

April 30, 2010

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MACON/ATLANTA — Approximately 1,600 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 10 commencements, and graduates will hear from an array of distinguished speakers.
 
Among those speaking at the commencements in Macon will be R. Lanier Anderson III, senior circuit judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, who will address the commencement ceremony for Mercer Law School on Saturday. Additionally, Mercer alumnus and noted author, Dr. Ferrol A. Sams Jr., will address the School of Medicine commencement on May 8.

In Atlanta, Dr. Otis W. Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, will address the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on May 8, and on May 22, Robert F. Hatcher, president and chief executive officer of MidCountry Financial Corp. and chair of the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia, will address the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics ceremony, the University’s final spring commencement.

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

Macon

Walter F. George School of Law
The Honorable R. Lanier Anderson III, senior circuit judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m.
University Center
Candidates for degrees: 160

School of Medicine
Dr. Ferrol A. Sams Jr., physician, Mercer alumnus and noted author
Saturday, May 8, 5 p.m.
University Center
Candidates for degrees: 115

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
Dr. Drayton M. Sanders II, 2010 graduate and physician
Saturday, May 15, 9:30 a.m.
University Center
Candidates for degrees: 516

College of Continuing and Professional Studies (Macon, Eastman, Henry County, Douglas County and Atlanta Regional Academic Centers)
Beverly (B.J.) Walker, Georgia Department of Human Services commissioner
Saturday, May 15, 2:30 p.m.
University Center
Candidates for degrees: 226

Atlanta - Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Dr. Otis W. Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society
Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Candidates for degrees: 137

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
Dr. Betty L. Siegel, distinguished chair of the Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character and president emeritus of Kennesaw State University
Saturday, May 8, noon
Sheffield Student Center
Candidates for degrees: 70

James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology
Dr. Daniel Vestal, executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Saturday, May 22, 11 a.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Candidates for degrees: 43

Tift College of Education Undergraduate
Curtis Brooks Tuck, Mercer alumnus and distinguished Georgia educator
Saturday, May 22, 1 p.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Candidates for degrees: 110

Tift College of Education Graduate
Curtis Brooks Tuck, Mercer alumnus and distinguished Georgia educator
Saturday, May 22, 3 p.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Candidates for degrees: 348

Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics
Robert F. Hatcher, president and chief executive officer of MidCountry Financial Corp. and chair of the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia
Saturday, May 22, 5:30 p.m.
Sheffield Student Center
Candidates for degrees: 157

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,000 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at three regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.
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