FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—U.S. District
Judge U.W. Clemon, chief judge of the Northern District of
Alabama, will address the Birmingham-Southern class of 2003
during the college's 144th Commencement ceremonies
Saturday, May 24.
Clemon will keynote the 3:30 p.m. event
in the Boutwell Auditorium in downtown Birmingham. More than
4,000 family members and friends are expected to attend Commencement,
where Birmingham-Southern will confer some 315 bachelor's
and master's degrees.
Clemon also will be awarded
an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Birmingham-Southern
during the Commencement ceremonies. The honorary degree recognizes
Clemon's distinguished career and service to the college.
In addition to his tenure as a U.S. district
judge, Clemon has served as a lawyer and a member of the
state Legislature. He also devotes a great deal of his time
to civic organizations.
Last year, Birmingham-Southern established
the Judge U.W. Clemon Endowed Honors Pre-Law Scholarship
to honor him for his contributions to his profession and
the community. The scholarship assists deserving minority
students who plan to enter law school upon graduation.
|Birmingham-Southern's Commencement Day begins with
the Baccalaureate Service at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist
Church in downtown Birmingham. Bishop Robert C. Morgan, a 1956
BSC graduate who joined the college's staff as bishop-in-residence
in 2000 after having served for the previous year as president
of the United Methodist Council of Bishops—the highest
elected office in the church—will deliver the Baccalaureate
|The college's traditional Capping
Ceremony is set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 23, in Munger Hall
Auditorium on campus. During the ceremony, graduating students
are “capped” with their mortar boards by a loved
one or friend.