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King University Celebrates Fall Commencement

BRISTOL, Tenn., Dec. 12, 2015 – King University celebrated Fall 2015 Commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. at Viking Hall, awarding diplomas to 477 students who have completed undergraduate, graduate, professional studies, or online degrees.

“Today, we commemorate the outstanding achievements of these men and women, who though hard work, dedication, and service have reached their goals of obtaining their baccalaureate or graduate degree from King University,” said Dr. Richard A. Ray, interim president at King University. “They are forever part of the King family, and we wish them well in their every endeavor.”

The keynote speaker was Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Mr. Randy Boyd. His message to the graduates was of “What I Wish I Knew Then.”

The Commencement speaker, Mr. Randy Boyd, was sworn in on Jan. 17, 2015 by Governor Bill Haslam to serve as the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The department is responsible for recruiting business and industry to the state as well as Tennessee’s overall economic growth.

“We are delighted to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates,” said Dr. Matt Roberts, vice president for Academic Affairs. “We are truly confident in our graduates’ abilities to fulfill King's mission, in this region and beyond, to build meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ.”


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.