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King University Spring 2016 Commencement Set for April 30

Jonathan L. WaltonBRISTOL, Tenn., April 15, 2016 – Anticipation is building as King University’s Spring 2016 Commencement ceremony nears. King will celebrate Spring Commencement exercises on Saturday, April 30, at 10 a.m. on the lawn in front of the Student Center Complex located on the University’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn. The scheduled keynote speaker is social ethicist and scholar of American religions Professor Jonathan L. Walton.

King will award diplomas to more than 580 students who have completed undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies degrees. Special honors will include the Distinguished Faculty Award, M. Jeffrey Byrd Distinguished Service Award, Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, and R.T.L. Liston Award for Academic Excellence.

Commencement speaker Professor Jonathan L. Walton is the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard University and Pusey Minister in Harvard’s Memorial Church. He is also a professor of religion and society on the faculty of divinity.

Professor Walton’s research addresses the intersections of religion, politics, and media culture. He has published widely in scholarly journals such as Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation and Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. His book “Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism” (NYU Press, 2009) disrupts commonly held assumptions that associate evangelical broadcasting with white, conservative evangelical communities, while illumining the ways televangelists’ professed aims are frustrated by their hyper-mediated methods.

Professor Walton’s work and insights have been featured in several national and international news outlets including the New York Times, CNN and the BBC.

Walton earned his Ph.D. and Master of Divinity degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. The Atlanta native graduated from Morehouse College with a B.A. in Political Science. Walton was an assistant professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside prior to joining the faculty of Harvard Divinity School.

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