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April 14, 2010
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Huntingdon College
News Release

Huntingdon Prepares for Baccalaureate, Commencement Exercises

Montgomery, Ala.—The members of the Class of 2010 at Huntingdon College are preparing for the end of their undergraduate years and the beginning of the rest of their lives, as the College prepares for the traditional Baccalaureate and Commencement Exercises to take place next month. Baccalaureate, a religious service for members of the Class of 2010 and their families, will be held Friday, May 7, at 5:00 p.m. in the College’s Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. Two commencement ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 8, at Top Stage on the College Green: the first, for traditional day students, will begin at 9:00 a.m.; the second, for graduates in the College’s Adult Degree Completion Program, will begin at 6:00 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremonies will take place in the College’s Roland Arena, inside Catherine Dixon Roland Student Center.

The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon, a member of the Huntingdon College Board of Trustees, will preach for the Baccalaureate service. Willimon has served as a bishop of the United Methodist Church in the North Alabama Conference since 2004. For twenty years prior to this service, he served as dean of the chapel and professor of Christian ministry at Duke University. A graduate of Wofford College (B.A.), Yale Divinity School (M.Div.), and Emory University (S.T.D.), he has pastored churches in Georgia and South Carolina. In 1992 he was named as the first Distinguished Alumnus of Yale Divinity School. He serves on the faculties of Birmingham-Southern College as a visiting distinguished professor and at Duke Divinity School as a visiting research professor. The author of 60 books and numerous articles, he has lectured widely in the U.S. and abroad. His book, “Worship as Pastoral Care,” was selected as one of the ten most useful books for pastors in 1979 by the Academy of Parish Clergy. In 1996 an international survey conducted by Baylor University named him one of the Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the English-speaking world.

More than 100 years after his ancestor, John Jefferson Flowers, was instrumental in arranging for the purchase of property that brought Huntingdon to Montgomery from its original home in Tuskegee, J. Christopher Flowers, chairman and chief executive officer of J.C. Flowers and Company, will deliver the Commencement Address for Huntingdon’s traditional ceremony beginning at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 8. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University in applied mathematics, Flowers began his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and was among the founders of Goldman’s Financial Institutions Group. In 1998 he founded J.C. Flowers & Co., an investment firm specializing in financial services, with investments largely in the U.S., Japan, and Europe in banking, insurance, and finance, and committed capital of more than $10 billion. Flowers is chairman of Nets for Life, a program aimed at reducing malaria; a trustee of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra; a member of the investment committee for St. James Church (New York); and serves on various committees for Harvard University.

Delivering the Commencement Address for the Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCP) Commencement Exercises is Dr. Celia Rudolph, Huntingdon Class of 1980, a 27-year public education veteran currently serving as assistant superintendent for Muscle Shoals City Schools. After graduating from Huntingdon with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and special education, Rudolph earned her master’s degree in school psychology at Auburn University, an Education Specialist degree at the University of North Alabama, and a doctorate in educational leadership at Samford University. She has worked in a variety of roles in public education, including as a teacher in special education and gifted education, a school psychologist, and an assistant principal. Rudolph is a member of the Huntingdon Board of Trustees. Her son, Glenn, is a 2009 graduate of Huntingdon College.

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 in Tuskegee, Alabama, the College celebrated its 100th year in Montgomery in 2009. Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. About 100 graduating students are expected to participate in the traditional Commencement ceremony, with 84 expected participants in ADCP Commencement Exercises.


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Su Ofe
Associate Vice President for
Communications and Marketing
Office: (334) 833-4515
Cell: (334) 324-6591

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