Ribbon-Cutting May 9 for University of Mobile Great Commission Lawn and Globe Project in Time for New Graduation Tradition

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MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, May 9 at 3 p.m. to celebrate a new focal point on campus and the centerpiece of a new graduation tradition.

The new Great Commission Globe fountain is the central feature of the newly renovated Lackey Great Commission Lawn in front of Weaver Hall, the university’s signature building.

In addition to serving as a reminder of the purpose of the Christ-centered academic community, the globe and lawn will be the setting for the first graduation ceremony to be held on campus in 41 years. The graduating Class of 2017 will begin the tradition during graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 13. The new tradition begins and ends with students placing their hands on the globe, first as they start they college journey and again as they graduate.

The university broke ground in November 2016 on the project that honors the late Dr. Fred Lackey and his wife, Sue, of Athens, Ala. Lackey was a pastor, University of Mobile trustee and regent, Alabama Baptist State Convention president, and leader in Southern Baptist life.

The projected included landscaping, lighting, sod and sidewalks with the Great Commission Globe fountain as a prominent feature. The globe was made possible by the estate of Doris M. Davis of Mobile.

The Great Commission refers to Scripture found in Matthew 28:18-20 where Jesus instructs his disciples to spread his teachings throughout the world.


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.


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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean

Kathy is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist with a strong background in strategic communications, feature writing/story-telling, copywriting and editing. She serves as assistant vice president for university communications. Kathy joined the University of Mobile marketing/public relations staff in 1993 and has earned awards for writing, public relations and advertising, including twice receiving the grand prize for feature writing from the Baptist Communicators Association. She serves on the board of the John M. Will Scholarship Foundation, awarding scholarships to promising student journalists; and is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Kathy lives in Daphne with her husband, Chuck, who earned his M.B.A. from University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.

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    A great symbol of direction and purpose. ..God bless the University of Mobile.

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