Huntingdon Graduation Ceremonies Planned for May 8–9
Montgomery, Ala.—With the final day of spring term, 2009, classes approaching Friday, April 24, and final examinations scheduled for April 27 through May 1, Huntingdon College has announced plans for the celebrations and ceremonies that will surround those who are completing their degrees at the College as members of the Class of 2009. The traditional Baccalaureate service, a religious service for members of the Class of 2009 and their families, will be held Friday, May 8, at 5:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. The service will be followed on Saturday, May 9, by separate commencement exercises for traditional day and Adult Degree Completion Program students. The traditional Commencement Exercises will be held at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 9, on the Green at the center of campus. ADCP Commencement Exercises will be held at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, May 9, on the Green. Should inclement weather intervene, both Commencement Exercises will be moved to Catherine Dixon Roland Arena inside Delchamps Student Center. Commencement ceremonies are free and open to the public.
The speaker for the Baccalaureate service will be Marquita Furness Davis, Ph.D., director of the Office of School Readiness for the Alabama Department of Children’s Affairs. She formerly served as the deputy director of Child Development Services at Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity, where she directed the largest Head Start-Early Head Start Program in the state of Alabama. She completed her undergraduate degree at Northern Illinois University, a Master of Science from Alabama A & M University, and her doctoral studies in early childhood education and development at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. She serves and has served on numerous boards and community organizations, including the American Village, Girls Inc., Junior League of Birmingham, National Conference for Community and Justice, the Board of Directors for the Central Alabama YWCA, and Leadership Alabama 2008–09. She was awarded the 2008 Childcare Resources’ Children’s Advocate Award, the 2008 Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Award, the 2008 Birmingham National Council of Negro Women’s Leadership Award, and the 2008 University of Alabama-Birmingham College of Education’s Alumni of the Year Award.
The speaker for the traditional day Commencement Exercises will be Robert S. “Sid” McAnnally, a shareholder and partner in the Montgomery law firm Maynard Cooper & Gale. McAnnally is the leader of the firm’s government and regulatory affairs practice group, working on legislative and regulatory matters since 1993. He has worked as a policy advisor and staff member to Alabama governors of both parties and has been involved at the state and federal levels with issues related to banking and insurance, economic development, education reform, and tax reform. Prior to his work with Maynard Cooper & Gale, he served as chief of staff to the president of Auburn University. He completed his law degree at the University of Alabama and his undergraduate degree at Auburn University. His civic activities include or have included service on the boards of directors of the Public Affairs Research Council, Leadership Alabama, the A+ Foundation for Education Reform, and Decatur General Hospital. He has served as chairman of the board for Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform and chairman of the Decatur/Morgan County Chamber of Commerce.
Former Huntingdon College trustee Gordon Martin, senior vice president and general counsel for Alabama Power Company, will serve as the speaker for the Adult Degree Completion Program Commencement Exercises. Martin served on the Huntingdon Board of Trustees from 2002 through 2008, chairing the Trusteeship Committee during his tenure. For Alabama Power Company, Martin has the responsibility for all legal and corporate governance matters for the company, as well as security, compliance, and risk services. Now living in Birmingham, he previously served as the company’s division vice president in Montgomery, and has held management positions in Generation Planning and Development, Fuels, and External Affairs, as well as serving as the company’s lead government affairs representative in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Alabama Power, he was a legislative attorney with Hogan & Hartson, Washington D.C.’s largest law firm, and a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Howell Heflin and the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, where he served as president of the Student Government Association. He earned a law degree from the University of Alabama, a master’s degree from the George Washington University, and has completed most of the course work for a master’s degree from Georgetown University. Martin has completed executive course work at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Oxford University in England. He serves as chairman of the board of the Montgomery Riverfront Development Foundation and is immediate past chairman of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the President’s Cabinet at the University of Alabama and serves on the Board of Directors of the A+ Education Partnership and the Air University Partnership. A graduate of Leadership Alabama, he was named Montgomery Advertiser’s Citizen of the Year in 2006.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto is “Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service.” The Huntingdon College Adult Degree Completion Program is an accelerated bachelor’s degree completion program in business management for adults. ADCP courses are offered one night a week in five-week terms at the College’s main campus in Montgomery and at locations in Enterprise, Bay Minette, Daphne, Birmingham, and Brewton, Alabama.