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King University Fall 2016 Commencement Set for Viking Hall Dec. 10

David FlaniganBRISTOL, Tenn., Nov. 22, 2016 – King University will celebrate Fall 2016 Commencement exercises on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. at Viking Hall in Bristol, Tenn. The scheduled keynote speaker is King alumnus David A. Flanigan, Jr. J.D., (’85), corporate department administrator for Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

King will award diplomas to more than 500 students who have completed undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Commencement speaker David A. Flanigan, Jr. is a capital partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where he is the Administrator of the Corporate Department for the firm’s Atlanta office. Barnes & Thornburg is a national full-service law firm with over 550 lawyers practicing in 12 offices.

Flanigan concentrates his practice on representing middle market public and private entities in connection with mergers, acquisitions, leveraged recapitalizations, and other sales transactions; venture capital and private equity financings, private placements, and other capital raising transactions; syndicated financings; and other related matters.

Mr. Flanigan received his Bachelors of Arts degree in History and Political Science from King College in 1985, where he graduated summa cum laude. While at King, Mr. Flanigan was a captain of the varsity soccer team, was active in student government, was the Head Resident Assistant in Liston Hall, and in 1984 was selected as a finalist from the State of Tennessee for the Rhodes Scholarships. 

After King, Mr. Flanigan earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1988 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Since 2004, Mr. Flanigan has been a member of the King University Board of Trustees, where he has served on various committees.

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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 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.