| 05/2/2014 03:36 AM
Paine College will conduct its week of Commencement festivities starting Monday, May 5th through Sunday, May 11, 2014. The festivities are designed to celebrate the academic achievements of the Class of 2014 and their journey to excellence.
During Commencement week, there will be a number of events that will kick off the celebration starting with a Block Party and a Senior Career Day that will incorporate a resume boot camp featuring Kelly of Augusta Staffing. The seniors will perform a day of community service and will attend the Senior White Party in the Candler Memorial Library ballroom.
This is the time of year when alumni return to the campus to reconnect and celebrate with classes in reunion. This year, the Golden Class of 1964 will be Inducted into the Golden Agers Club while the classes ending in 4’s and 9’s will reunite. The graduating seniors and alumni classes in reunion are invited to attend the Family Reunion Cookout that will be held Friday, May 9th at Paine House.
The College is pleased to host the Southern Charm Party on Friday, May 9th at 6:00 p.m. featuring critically-acclaimed artist Floyd Gordon who has been dubbed one of the South’s treasures. The artist will exhibit many of his works that are featured in his newly released book entitled “The Unique Art of Floyd Gordon”, a 360-paged book featuring six decades of images that depict southern culture. This unique event will feature an exhibit and art sale surrounded by performing artists who will paint the canvas with spoken word, dance and song. Of particular note, Paine College students will be among the performing artists.
Southern Charm is free and open to the public and will be held in Candler Memorial Library from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
While the Commencement Convocation is the main ceremony on Sunday morning, the Baccalaureate Ceremony will take place Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. This inter-faith celebration is open to all students, their guests and to the community.
Reverend Zan Holmes, Jr., Pastor Emeritus of St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas, will address the graduating class during the Baccalaureate service. Reverend Holmes is the author of three books and is widely known as the narrator and host of the popular video series, “Disciple Bible Study”.
The Commencement Convocation will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 11th in the Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex located on the campus. Paine College is honored to have procured a former Senior Advisor to the Obama Administration and healthcare consultant to address the Class of 2014.
Anton Gunn, Former Director of External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services will charge the graduating seniors to continue their journey of excellence. Mr. Gunn who is now the founder and president of the consulting firm, 937 Strategy Group, LLC, was pivotal in creating the engagement strategy for the Affordable Care Act.
For information on alumni activities, contact Alumni Relations Director, Mildred Kendrick at Mkendrick@paine.edu, or Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, Ala’Torya Cranford at Acranford@paine.edu. For more information about Commencement week of activities, please visit www.paine.edu, or contact Tonya Williams in the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.