UWA commencement exercises set for Dec. 12

LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama will honor nearly 500 graduates during fall commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 12. The undergraduate ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in Pruitt Gymnasium on the UWA campus. The graduate ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., also at Pruitt Gymnasium. Presidential Receptions will be held prior to each ceremony and are open to all graduates and their guests at 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Bell Conference Center.

Guests must have tickets, which are available from the graduates, to attend the ceremony in Pruitt Gymnasium. Overflow seating to watch the commencement exercises will be available in Bibb Graves Auditorium. The ceremony will also be streamed live online at www.uwa.edu/live.

The University will confer degrees in the colleges of liberal arts, natural sciences and mathematics, business, and education during the morning ceremony, and the school of graduate studies during the afternoon ceremony.

The University will recognize students graduating from the UWA Honors Program and those graduating with honors. There will also be special recognition for the faculty recipients of the Nellie McCrory Service Excellence Award, the McIlwain Bell Trustee Professor Award and the William E. Gilbert Award for Outstanding Teaching.

The University will also induct three individuals into the Society of the Golden Key, a prestigious organization established to honor University alumni, faculty, and staff who have brought distinction to their alma mater through exceptional service in their fields. The three inductees are Jim Lollar, Dr. Patricia Beatty, and Dr. Walter Pittman.

Director of Choral Activities Willie Williams will lead the UWA Singers in a special performance honoring graduates. Christian Valley Baptist Church minister Matthew Kelley will give the benediction.