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May 11, 2009

Birmingham-Southern award-winning faculty member to deliver college's 150th Commencement address

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Professor of Political Science and pre-law advisor Dr. Natalie Davis will address the Birmingham-Southern College class of 2009 during the college's 150th Commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m.

Davis was named the Birmingham-Southern Outstanding Educator of the Year last May during the 2008 graduation ceremonies in recognition of excellence in all aspects of teaching, including classroom performance and student advising. The award included a $2,500 cash stipend and an invitation to speak at this year's Commencement.

She will deliver the keynote address at the event in Boutwell Auditorium in downtown Birmingham when the college will confer some 240 bachelor's degrees and nine master's degrees.

Birmingham-Southern's Commencement Day begins with the Baccalaureate Service at 10 a.m. in the Bill Battle Coliseum on the BSC campus. Rev. Robin Crews Wilson, who is co-pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Montgomery and a member of the BSC Board of Trustees, will be the keynote speaker.

The college's traditional Capping Ceremony is set for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, in the Bill Battle Coliseum. During the ceremony, graduating students are “capped” with their mortar boards by a loved one or friend.

Davis joined the BSC faculty in 1972. She received a bachelor's degree from Stetson University and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Stetson.

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