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BRISTOL, Tenn., Nov. 28, 2017 – King University will celebrate Fall 2017 Commencement exercises on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. at Viking Hall in Bristol, Tenn. The scheduled
keynote speaker is Dr. Claude Pressnell, Jr., president of the Tennessee Independent
Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA). His Commencement speech will be “Intellectual
King will award diplomas to more than 350 students who have completed undergraduate,
graduate, and professional studies degrees.
Commencement speaker Dr. Claude Pressnell, Jr., a native of Kansas, has spent nearly
30 years in higher education administration. He holds a doctorate in higher education
administration/educational leadership from Vanderbilt University. He has served as
President of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association since
In 2003, the United States Senate appointed Dr. Pressnell to the Advisory Committee
on Student Financial Assistance where he served as Vice Chair from 2007 until his
second and final term expired in 2008. In 2007, he testified before Congress on higher
education policy issues. In 2011, he was selected for a Fulbright Senior Specialist
grant to develop the student financing policy for the Government of the Maldives.
The policy and funding mechanisms were adopted by the Maldivian Parliament in 2012.
In 2013, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam appointed Dr. Pressnell as a Commissioner
representing the state’s interests on the Education Commission of the States. In 2014,
he was appointed by four US Senators to serve on a committee to recommend a pathway
to reduce the federal regulatory burden on higher education in the United States.
Visit http://graduation.king.edu for information on parking for the Commencement ceremony. The ceremony will be streamed
live on http://webcast.king.edu.
King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-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, 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 sports. 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 on SCHEV
certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community
College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.