LMU to Celebrate Fall Commencement

Fall Commencement

Joe GillLincoln Memorial University (LMU) will hold its Fall Commencement Exercises on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at 10 a.m. in Tex Turner Arena on the main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. Assistant Professor of Theatre Joe Gill, the 2019 recipient of LMU’s Houston Award, will deliver the commencement address at the ceremony.

Over 450 degree candidates will participate in the ceremony as the University confers 45 associate, 138 baccalaureate, 130 masters, 16 educational specialist and 30 doctoral degrees. Among the doctoral degrees will be 10 candidates from the LMU Duncan School of Law (LMU-Law), two doctor of nursing practice candidates, three doctor of business administration candidates and 15 doctor of education recipients. Nearly 100 graduates whose degrees were conferred in August will also participate in the ceremony.

Gill joined the faculty of LMU in 2016 and was recognized with the University’s prestigious Houston Award for Excellence in Teaching in August 2019. He has created magnificent theatrical productions each fall and spring with the LMU Players and the Paul V. Hamilton School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Prior to joining LMU, Gill worked in theater all over the country. He teaches speech and theater courses and presents workshops with the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine Standardized Patients, enhancing their performance in the examination room. He previously served as the director of LMU’s Arts in the Gap.

Jeannie Seely-WardTwo special presentations also will take place during the commencement ceremony. The University will bestow an honorary Doctor of Arts degree on Grand Ole Opry veteran member Jeannie Seely-Ward in honor of her many groundbreaking accomplishments in the music industry, as well as her support and encouragement of new talent. Vina Hembree, of Ewing, Virginia, will receive the Mary Mildred Sullivan Civic Award. 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. Hembree is being recognized for her lifetime of good works which includes crocheting hats for cancer patients and blankets for babies in area hospitals, making quilts for the homeless and volunteering through her church. 

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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