University to Hold Commencements for 1,600 Students in May

Approximately 1,600 students will be awarded degrees during Mercer commencements on the Macon and Atlanta campuses in May. 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.

The commencement season began May 1 in Macon with R. Lanier Anderson III, senior circuit judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, addressing 160 Mercer Law graduates. Ceremonies will continue with nine more ceremonies over the next three weekends in Macon and Atlanta, concluding May 22, with the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics ceremony in Atlanta, featuring an address by Mercer trustee 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.

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

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