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May 4, 2010

Birmingham-Southern to hold its 2010 Commencement ceremonies on campus

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-For the first time in 22 years, Birmingham-Southern College is hosting its Commencement ceremonies on campus. Commencement exercises kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, at the intramural fields on campus followed by the annual President's Reception at the new Urban Environmental Park. Approximately 250 students are graduating this year.

The annual Baccalaureate service will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 14, at First United Methodist Church in downtown Birmingham. The annual Capping Ceremony, sponsored by the BSC Alumni Association, will follow in the BSC Bill Battle Coliseum at 4 p.m. In the Capping Ceremony, which precedes graduation at Birmingham-Southern, each candidate for the degree receives his or her cap as a mark both of significant academic achievement and of a lifelong commitment to the love of learning. By college tradition, each graduating senior chooses a special person, a parent, grandparent, teacher, or friend, to place the cap upon his or her head.

Dr. Edward LaMonte, the former Howell Heflin Professor of Political Science at BSC who retired in May 2009, will address the graduating class of 2010 at Commencement. He was named the BSC Outstanding Educator of the Year during the 2009 graduation ceremonies in recognition of excellence in all aspects of teaching, including classroom performance and student advising. The award includes a cash stipend and an invitation to speak at the following year's Commencement.

Having taught at Birmingham-Southern for 22 years, LaMonte currently is serving as emeritus director of the college's Ellie and Herb Sklenar Center for International Programs. A Columbus, Ohio, native, he received his master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree from Harvard.

Rev. Keith Thompson '83 will deliver remarks at the annual Baccalaureate service. A resident of Inverness, Thompson is senior minister at First United Methodist Church. He left his position last year as associate vice president for BSC's Office of Institutional Advancement to enter into full-time ministry.

As an undergraduate student, Thompson majored in psychology and earned his master's in divinity from Emory University.

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