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May 14, 2007

Award-winning faculty member to deliver Birmingham-Southern's Commencement address

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Professor of History Dr. Bill Nicholas will address the Birmingham-Southern College class of 2007 during the college's 148th Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 26, at 3:30 p.m.

Nicholas was named the Birmingham-Southern Outstanding Educator of the Year last May for the 2005-06 academic year in recognition of excellence in all aspects of teaching. The award included a $2,500 cash stipend and an invitation to speak at this year's Commencement.

He will deliver the keynote address at the event in Boutwell Auditorium in downtown Birmingham. More than 3,000 family members and friends are expected to attend Commencement, where Birmingham-Southern will confer some 325 bachelor's degrees, 15 master's degrees, and two honorary degrees.

Birmingham-Southern's Commencement Day begins with the Baccalaureate Service at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in downtown Birmingham. Rev. Elizabeth Stinson will be the keynote speaker.

The college's traditional Capping Ceremony is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, May 25, in BSC's Bill Battle Coliseum. During the ceremony, graduating students are “capped” with their mortar boards by a loved one or friend.

Nicholas joined the BSC faculty in 1972. He received a bachelor's and a master's degree from Trinity University and a doctoral degree from Tulane University.

Stinson, a member of the Birmingham-Southern College Board of Trustees, is pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Auburn.

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