LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama will honor nearly 700 graduates during fall commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 10. The undergraduate ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in Pruitt Gymnasium on the UWA campus. The graduate ceremony begins at 1:30 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 noon 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 ceremonies will be available in Bibb Graves Auditorium. Both ceremonies will be streamed live 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 four 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 four inductees are Jennifer J. Blevins, Danny Buckalew, R. Bruce Cook, and Elizabeth Springer.In addition, longtime administrators Danny Buckalew and Clemit Spruiell, who both retired in 2015, will each be named Vice President Emeritus.
Director of Choral Activities Christopher Shelt will lead the UWA Singers in a special performance honoring graduates. Livingston United Methodist Church minister Steve Spining will give the benediction.