University of Mobile Returns Graduation Ceremony to Campus with New Graduation Tradition

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MOBILE, Ala. – On the 50th anniversary of its first graduating class, University of Mobile will return its graduation ceremony to campus and start a new graduation tradition on Saturday, May 13.

Diplomas will be awarded to approximately 250 graduates at a ceremony starting at 10 a.m. in front of Weaver Hall on the just-completed Lackey Great Commission Lawn.

The Class of 2017 will be the first to participate in “The Great Commission Tradition,” a new graduation tradition in which graduates will touch the new Great Commission Globe fountain in the center of the lawn as they pass by on their way to 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.

Starting in August during a convocation ceremony, each incoming freshman class will place their hands on the Great Commission Globe 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.

UM President Timothy L. Smith, Ph.D., Ph.D., will deliver the commencement address. Members of the first graduating class of 1967, who are celebrating their 50th class reunion, will be special guests.

Previously, graduation was held on the front lawn from 1967 to 1976, then commencement moved off campus. Most recently, graduations were held at the Mobile Civic Center.


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 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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