LMU Set to Confer 500 Degrees on Saturday

Lincoln Statue with Grad Cap

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will hold its Spring Commencement Exercises in Tex Turner Arena on Saturday, May 7, 2022. The ceremony is set to begin at 10 a.m.

President Clayton Hess will confer 321 undergraduate, 162 graduate and 17 professional degrees during the program which will also feature a commissioning of four graduates into the U.S. armed forces. Additionally, the University will bestow the prestigious Sullivan Awards on honorees from the LMU student body. LMU is one of approximately 60 colleges and universities in the United States to have the privilege of awarding the Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards. The awards are given to recognize individuals whose “nobility of character” and dedication to service sets them apart as examples for others. 

Dr. Gery C. Hochanadel will deliver the commencement address during the ceremony. Hochanadel recently retired from Cleveland University in Overland Park, Kansas, where he served as the vice president for academic affairs. A career educator with over 44 years of experience in higher education administration, he has also served Parker University in Dallas, Texas, Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and served as president at two community colleges in the Midwest.

During the past 30 years, Hochanadel has served as both committee chair and committee member on 30 committees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the Higher Learning Commission. Hochanadel holds a PhD in adult and occupational education from Kansas State University, a Master of Science in education administration from Fort Hays State University and Bachelor of Arts in public administration, also from Fort Hays State University.

A clear bag policy will be in effect for this event. The ceremony will be streamed live (https://portal.stretchinternet.com/lincolnmemorialevents/index.htm) on LMU’s website and can be viewed live or on demand for anyone who can not attend in person.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or email at [email protected].

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