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May 2, 2003

U.S. District Judge U.W. Clemon to deliver Birmingham-Southern Commencement address

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 address.


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.







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