MOBILE, Ala. – Alabama State Senator Rusty Glover will deliver the fall commencement address at University of Mobile on Saturday, Dec. 16, as approximately 100 graduates receive diplomas.
The outdoor ceremony will begin at noon in front of Weaver Hall on the Dr. Fred and Sue Lackey Great Commission Lawn.
This will be the second graduating class to participate in “The Great Commission Tradition,” in which graduates touch the new Great Commission Globe fountain in the center of the lawn as they pass by after receiving diplomas. The act signifies graduates’ commitment to serve others and spread the message and love of Jesus Christ as they fulfill their professional calling in the world.
As part of the tradition, members of each incoming freshman class place their hands on the Great Commission Globe during President’s Commissioning as they start their college journey, symbolizing the beginning of a college experience that renews the mind and transforms the spirit.
The Great Commission refers to Scripture found in Matthew 28:18-20 where Jesus instructs his disciples to spread his teachings throughout the world.
Sen. Glover was born on April 17, 1966, in Mobile, Alabama. He graduated from B.C. Rain High School and attended Faulkner State Community College, where he earned an associate’s degree, and the University of South Alabama, where he received a Bachelor of Science in secondary education, a Master of Arts in history, and a Master of Education. in secondary education.
He retired from Mary G. Montgomery High School in Semmes, Alabama, after 25 years of teaching United States history as well as Mobile history. In 2013, he authored a book titled “A Treasure Chest of Hidden History.”
He is a current member of the Alabama Senate, representing the 34th District since 2006. From 2002 through 2006, he was a member of the Alabama House of Representatives, representing the 102nd District.
While in the Alabama State Legislature, Glover has been an outspoken champion of law enforcement and education. He is an avid supporter of the local K-12 school systems, and sponsored reciprocity bills to allow Alabama colleges and universities to offer online courses across the country.
He lives in Semmes with his wife, Connie. Together they have two daughters: Kellie and Katie, a 2015 graduate of the University of Mobile; a son-in-law, John McGraw; and a new grandson, Beau Monroe McGraw.
He is a member of Wilmer Baptist Church in Wilmer, Alabama. He is a member of Gideons International and a sought-after Gideons speaker.
About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.