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May 6, 2011

Birmingham-Southern’s 2011 Commencement Ceremony is Saturday, May 14, at Urban Environmental Park and Lake on campus

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern’s 2011 Commencement Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 14, outdoors at the new Urban Environmental Park and Lake area on the college’s campus. Commencement exercises begin at 9 a.m., followed by the annual President’s Reception in the same area. Approximately 370 students are expected to graduate May 14: 338 with bachelor’s degrees and 32 with master’s degrees in public and private management.

The college held its Commencement Ceremony on campus last year for the first time in 22 years.

Dr. Susan K. Hagen, Mary Collett Munger Professor of English and director of the Harrison Honors Program at BSC, will address the 2011 graduating class.

Hagen was named the BSC Outstanding Educator of the Year during the 2010 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.

In the event of inclement weather, the Commencement Ceremony will be held indoors in Bill Battle Coliseum. Due to limited seating, only those with tickets can attend the ceremony if held indoors. Additional guests can view a live video feed of the ceremony from Munger Hall Auditorium or via the BSC website at

The Commencement weekend begins on Friday, May 13, with the annual Baccalaureate Service at 1 p.m. at Canterbury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook. Rev. Brian Erickson, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of Alabaster and a 1997 BSC graduate, will deliver the Baccalaureate address.

The annual Capping Ceremony, sponsored by the BSC Alumni Association, will follow on Friday in the BSC Bill Battle Coliseum at 4 p.m. In the Capping Ceremony, which traditionally 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.

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