The Honorable Michelle Thomason to Deliver Commencement Address Dec. 15 at University of Mobile

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MOBILE, Ala. – Baldwin County Presiding District Judge the Honorable Michelle Manley Thomason will deliver the fall commencement address at University of Mobile on Saturday, Dec. 15, as approximately 100 graduates receive diplomas.

Thomason is a UM alumna and serves on the University of Mobile Foundation Board of Directors.

The outdoor ceremony will begin at noon in front of Weaver Hall on the Dr. Fred and Sue Lackey Great Commission Lawn. It will be live streamed on the University of Mobile Facebook page and at

Graduates will participate in the university’s “Great Commission Tradition,” in which graduates touch the 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 minds and transforms spirits.

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

Thomason graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business administration in 1992. Her son and two stepsons, as well as all three daughters-in-law, are also UM graduates.

Thomason went on to graduate from Tulane School of Law in 1995, before practicing law in south Alabama and becoming a judge in Baldwin County. She has 10 years of banking and business experience and 11 years of trial court experience in addition to 12 years on the bench. She has one of the busiest dockets in the state, having handled over 13,000 circuit court family law cases and over 88,000 district court cases (civil, criminal and traffic) since taking the bench in 2006.

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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, master’s and doctoral degree programs in over 90 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 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.