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The 2012 Birmingham-Southern College Commencement Ceremony will be held outdoors on Saturday, May 19, at the Lake/Park area at 9 a.m. as scheduled.  The weather forecast calls for partly sunny skies with temperatures in the low to mid 70s at 9 a.m. and rising to the low 80s by Noon. 

May 9, 2012

Birmingham-Southern's 2012 Commencement Ceremony is Saturday, May 19, at Urban Environmental Park and Lake on campus

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College's 2012 Commencement Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 19, outdoors at the 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 355 students are graduating.Commencement 2011

Dr. Charlotte Ford, associate professor and director of the BSC Library, will address the 2012 graduating class.

Ford was named the BSC Outstanding Educator of the Year during the 2011 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

Commencement weekend begins on Friday, May 18, with the annual Baccalaureate Service at 1 p.m. at Canterbury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook. Rev. Jack Hinnen, BSC chaplain, 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. Dr. Louanne Jacobs, associate professor of education, was the student choice to deliver remarks.

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

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