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On Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. on the King campus Oval, students will walk for one
final time as the last graduating class of King College. Graduating students will
be awarded degrees from King University beginning fall 2013. On June 1, 2013, King
will begin operating as King University.
“The Spring 2013 Commencement ceremony is a prestigious and historic time for our
campus,” stated Dr. Matt Roberts, dean of academic affairs. “We are extremely proud
of what our students have been able to accomplish and look forward to the continued
success of both our graduates and current students.”
Diplomas will be awarded to more than 380 students who have completed undergraduate,
graduate, and professional studies degrees from the King College School of Arts and
Sciences, King School of Business and Economics, King School of Education, King School
of Nursing, Peeke School of Christian Mission, and King Graduate and Professional
Studies Online Programs.
“We are pleased and excited as we honor this year’s graduates,” said King President,
Dr. Greg Jordan. “As we officially transition to King University in June, the spring
class of 2013 holds a special place in our history as the last graduating class to
receive bachelor’s or master’s degrees as King College. The transition to King University
reflects the master’s level, comprehensive benchmark that our School has reached in
recent years. Each diploma awarded represents King’s commitment to maintaining a
standard of excellence in education.”
This year’s commencement speaker is Dr. Belle Wheelan, current president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on
Colleges. She is the first African American and the first woman to serve in this
capacity. Her career spans more than 30 years and includes the roles of faculty member,
chief student services officer, campus provost, college president, and secretary of
education. In several of those roles, she was the first African American and/or woman
to serve in those capacities.
Dr. Wheelan received her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in Texas with a
double major in Psychology and Sociology. She went onto receive her master’s from
Louisiana State University in Developmental Educational Psychology; and her doctorate
from the University of Texas at Austin in Educational Administration with a special
concentration in Community College Leadership.
She has received numerous awards and recognition including four honorary degrees;
the Distinguished Graduate Award from Trinity University, and from the College of
Education at the University of Texas at Austin; Washingtonian Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington, D.C.; the AAUW Woman of Distinction Award;
the Suanne Davis Roueche National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development’s
Distinguished Lecturer Award, and the John E. Roueche National Institute for Staff
and Organizational Development’s International Leadership Award (2010); and the AACC
Wheelan holds and has held membership in numerous local, state, and national organizations
including Rotary International; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; the American College
Testing, Inc., board of directors; American Association of Community Colleges’ board
of directors; the Lumina Foundation for Education, board of directors; and the President’s
Round Table of the National Council on Black American Affairs.
On Friday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m., graduates will come together in song and worship during King’s annual Baccalaureate Ceremony at First Presbyterian Church. This year’s speaker will be the Rev. Fed Foy Strang. He currently serves as King’s
Chaplain, dean of the Peeke School of Christian Mission, and associate professor of
Missions and Philosophy Religion. Strang also serves Bristol’s First Presbyterian
Church as contemporary worship director. He is also president of the Maasai Special
Projects Fund, Inc., leading Theological Education by Extension for indigenous church
leaders in Africa.
Strang holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University, a Master of Divinity
from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Theological
Seminary, a Master of Science by Research from the University of Edinburgh, and a
Ph.D. from the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World at the
University of Edinburgh.
Commencement Parking May 11
With more than 4,000 people expected on our Campus on Saturday, May 11, 2013, parking
will be challenging. To better accommodate guests, parking on campus will be on a
first come first serve basis and is limited. Additionally, to ensure everyone arriving
on campus is directed to the best amiable parking all gates except the Carmack Gate
entrance on East State Street/King College Road (nearest to the Fire Department) will
be closed; signs at each entrance will direct guests the Carmack Gate.
King University will provide complimentary shuttle service to and from the baseball
field, soccer field, and tennis courts parking areas to the Oval every 5–10 minutes,
starting at 8 a.m. and running into the afternoon.
Special needs parking is available to individuals with government-issued handicapped
parking placards. Those who are mobility impaired and require special needs parking
accommodations that do not have a state handicap placard must register to obtain a
special Commencement parking permit to receive special parking access. Registration
for the Commencement mobility impaired parking permits is available at http://parkingpermit.king.edu. Please note that special needs parking permits issued by King University Security
Department and are valid for the 2013 Commencement service only on May 11.
King University is a Presbyterian, master's-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King
College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees
and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences,
pharmacy, digital media, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered
in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus
learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University
is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity athletic teams.
For more information about King University, visit www.king.edu. King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of
any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University
is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information, contact
the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road,
Richlands, VA 24641.