The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

May 4, 2012

Calhoun, ASU set graduations

The News Courier

From staff reports

Athens State University and Calhoun Community College will bid their spring graduating classes adieu next week in commencement exercises.

Calhoun’s commencement events kick off at 6 p.m. Tuesday with the graduation of 200 GED students. The ceremony will be held in Kelley Gymnasium on the Decatur campus.

On Friday, May 11, 140 students are scheduled to participate in the annual candle lighting ceremony for graduates of the Calhoun’s associate degree Nursing program. The ceremonies will be held at 1 p.m. in Kelley Gymnasium.

ASU commencement

ASU’s ceremonies, to be held Saturday, May 12, will be split into three separate programs, though all will be held in the Carter Physical Education Gymnasium. Approximately 300 students will march, encompassing the graduating classes for the colleges of Education, Arts and Sciences and Business for the 2012 spring semester.

Ceremonies are free and open to the public.

The College of Education’s graduation ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Tommy Bice, superintendent of the Alabama State Board of Education.

The College of Arts and Sciences will commence at noon with State Rep. Mike Ball addressing the attendees. Ball was elected to the Alabama House in 2002 after having served as a U.S. Marine, state trooper and investigator with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

The College of Business will present diplomas to their graduates at 3 p.m. with Brian Pollock serving as the college’s keynote speaker. Pollock, an alumnus of Athens State, has 20 years of experience in start-up and biotechnology companies. 

For more information call 256-233-8296.

Calhoun commencement

Calhoun Community College will conduct its ceremonies at 6 p.m. Friday, May 11, on the lawn in front of the Math/Science building on the Decatur campus. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move to Kelley Gymnasium, with televised overflow inside the Math/Science building.

About 380 students plan to participate in this year’s ceremony. The graduation procession will be led by bagpiper Ryan Morrison.

The keynote speaker will be Jim Bolte, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Huntsville. Before joining Toyota, Bolte was a systems engineer with Ashland Oil Inc. in the cities of Ashland and Lexington, Ky.

For more information, call 256-306-2561.