Knight Foundation CEO to deliver Macon commencement speech

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Media mogul Alberto Ibarguen, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will deliver the keynote address at Mercer’s annual Macon campus commencement ceremonies next month.

Ibarguen, longtime newspaper publisher and journalism executive, will speak to the nearly 700 students graduating from Mercer’s Macon campus Saturday, May 14.

The Knight Foundation, which Ibarguen heads up, is the primary financial backer of the College Hill Alliance.

The ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the University Center Arena.

For the first time, this year’s commencement will include graduates from the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, as well as graduates of the Stetson School of Business and Economics, Tift College of Education, School of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and the Townsend School of Music.

The Atlanta ceremony – now the University’s largest – will be held May 7, and will consolidate the commencement schedule on the Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus from a high of six ceremonies last year to one.

Mercer Chancellor Dr. R. Kirby Godsey will deliver the keynote address for the Atlanta commencement.

In Macon, the School of Medicine will hold its commencement ceremony Saturday, May 7, in the University Center Arena at 5 p.m. Physician and author Dr. William Rawlings Jr. will deliver the commencement address.

On Saturday, May 14, the Walter F. George School of Law will hold its commencement at 10 a.m. in the University Center Arena. Federal Circuit Court Judge Karen Nelson Moore will deliver the commencement address.

Information used from Mercer Marketing and Communications Office in this report.