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Rep. Phil Roe to speak at Milligan commencement

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (December 2, 2009) – U.S. Rep. Phil Roe will be the keynote speaker at Milligan College’s commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in Seeger Memorial Chapel.

Milligan will award 119 degrees at the ceremony. The December graduates include 10 bachelor of arts (B.A.), 34 bachelor of science (B.S.), 18 master of business administration (M.B.A.), 30 master of education (M.Ed.), and 27 master of occupational therapy (M.S.O.T) students.

Roe, a native Tennessean, earned a degree in biology from Austin Peay State University in 1967 and a medical degree from the University of Tennessee in 1970. He served two years in the United States Army Medical Corps after graduation.

Prior to becoming a congressman, Roe served as the mayor of Johnson City from 2007 to 2009 and as vice-mayor from 2003 to 2007. He also ran a successful medical practice in Johnson City for 31 years.

As a physician, Roe remains active in encouraging reforms in our nation’s health care system. He is a member of the Physicians’ Caucus and the Health Caucus. He also serves on the Agriculture, Veteran Affairs, and Education and Labor committees.

Roe and his wife, Pam, are members of Munsey United Methodist Church in Johnson City, Tenn. They have three children and two grandchildren.

As part of the ceremony, Milligan also will honor Carolyn Woolard, associate professor of French, with the distinguished Fide et Amore award in recognition of her 37 years of service to the college. The award is the college’s highest honor and is presented to individuals to recognize loving and faithful service to the college.

A complete schedule of graduation weekend activities is available online atwww.milligan.edu/commencement or by calling 423.461.8681.

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MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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