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CU to hold 172nd Commencement Saturday

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LEBANON -- Cumberland University will hold its 172nd Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 10.

The event is scheduled to take place at the traditional Front Lawn of Memorial Hall location at 10 a.m., with 451 candidates receiving degrees. The University will also honor two Lebanon residents for their service and dedication to the Lebanon community. Mrs. Pat Bryant and Ms. Sue Vanatta, will each be presented with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award was established in 1925 in memory of Mr. Sullivan, a southerner who became a prominent lawyer, businessman and philanthropist in the late 19th century. The Sullivan Foundation and carefully selected colleges and universities jointly arrange for the issue of awards, which are to be perpetual reminders of Algernon Sydney Sullivan.

Vanatta said she is “so honored” to be a recipient of the prestigious award. “I don’t know why they picked me, but I am just so honored and appreciative that they did.”

The entire ceremony will be streamed live via the Cumberland University website,

If inclement weather forces the event to be moved indoors the ceremony will take place in the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. Every graduate will be issued six tickets for family and friends, and tickets are required for entry.

Any audience overflow will be accommodated in the Baird Chapel in Memorial Hall and the June and Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center on campus, where family and friends will be able to view the ceremony on a projection screen. Information regarding the status of the weekend’s activities will be posted on the University website.

All parking lots will be available for ceremony attendees. Special needs’ parking is available near most building entrances across campus.

A record 130 current and former Cumberland student-athletes, athletic trainers and athletic staff will receive their degrees Saturday on the lawn of Memorial Hall on the CU campus.

It marks the fourth straight year of increase in the number of graduates for athletic department student-athletes and personnel.

Current and former student-athletes from baseball (14), bowling (four), cheerleading (five), cross country (two), cycling (four), football (30), men’s basketball (three), men’s golf (two), men’s soccer (11), men’s tennis (two), softball (10), volleyball (four), women’s basketball (six), women’s golf (one), women’s soccer (six), women’s tennis (one) and wrestling (five) as well as 15 students from the athletic department and four athletic trainers will receive their diplomas on Saturday.

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