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Milligan to graduate largest class in recent history at May 8 & 9 commencement ceremonies

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (May 1, 2015) — Milligan College will graduate its largest class in recent history at the college’s spring commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, to be held in Milligan’s Mary B. Martin Auditorium located in Seeger Chapel.

Dr. Troy Hammond, Milligan alumnus and president of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, will be the keynote speaker.

Friday’s service for students in Milligan’s graduate and professional studies programs begins at 7 p.m. The Saturday service begins at 2 p.m. and is for students graduating from traditional undergraduate programs.

Milligan will award 36 degrees at the May 8 ceremony and 194 degrees at the May 9 ceremony. The May graduates include 48 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), 107 Bachelor of Science (B.S.), 51 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 14 Master of Business Administration (MBA) and 10 Master of Education (M.Ed.) students. Of the bachelor’s degree recipients, 12 are adult degree completion program (ADCP) students.

Overflow seating will be available in the college’s Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts on May 9. Both ceremonies will be broadcast live at www.milligan.edu/streaming.

More about the keynote speaker:

Hammond, a scientist, business leader, entrepreneur and teacher, graduated from Milligan in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He holds a Ph.D. in experimental atomic physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. A native of Kokomo, Indiana, Hammond holds 47 worldwide patents and patent applications representing 11 unique inventions and has published extensively about physics, nanotechnology, polymer electronics, solar power and other energy technologies. In 2013, he became the 10th president of North Central College. Hammond describes his Milligan experience as “opening my eyes to what a quality education in the liberal arts can do for a person.”

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

To learn more about Milligan, visit www.milligan.edu.


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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