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Knox County Mayor to Serve as King’s Fall Commencement Speaker

November 30, 2018
Knox County, Tennessee Mayor Glenn Jacobs – a professional wrestler, actor, entertainer and businessman - will serve as guest speaker for King University’s Fall 2018 Commencement exercises on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Viking Hall Civic Center.
Glenn Jacobs, Knox County Mayor

The 10 a.m. ceremony will honor more than 450 graduates who have earned undergraduate, graduate and professional studies degrees.  Craig Streetman, assistant professor of Philosophy, will serve as faculty marshal.

Jacobs was elected to Knox County’s leadership role earlier this year and also continues to operate Jacobs Insurance Associates in Knoxville. He began his professional wrestling career in 1992 and has performed for millions under his current WWE ring name, Kane.  Additionally, he has earned numerous championship awards within the sport and, outside of wrestling, has made dozens of guest appearances in film and on television.

His impressive record of community service includes volunteer roles with the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and the Halls/Powell Boys & Girls Club. He is an active supporter of Kindness Revolution, a national anti-bullying initiative, and with his wife, Crystal, founded Kane’s Crusaders, a non-profit organization dedicated to boosting the spirits of chronically ill teens throughout East Tennessee.

Those unable to attend the ceremony are invited to view it via live streaming at


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 in Virginia. King’s primary location in Virginia is Southwest Virginia Community College, 724 Community College Rd, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609.