The 2013 Fall Commencement exercises will be held on Friday, December 13, 2013, in the McChesney Student Activity Center. The ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m.
The number of seats in the arena will comfortably allow each candidate to invite 10-12 guests. Please be considerate of your fellow graduates and limit your guests to no more than 12 people per candidate.
*Please note the time change below*
The University of Montevallo National Alumni Association (UMNAA) will host a reception in honor of the graduates on December 13, 2013, in the foyer of the McChesney Student Activity Center. The reception time has been changed from 3:30 to 4:00. All family members and guests are welcome to attend. Tickets are not required to attend the reception.
Andrew Young to be commencement speaker
Andrew Young, politician, human rights activist and businessman, will be the speaker at UM’s fall commencement Dec. 13. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Howard University and a divinity degree from Hartford Theological Seminary.
After six years as pastor of Bethany Congregational Church in Thomasville, Ga., he resigned to work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in Atlanta, assisting in the organization of “citizenship schools,” workshops that taught nonviolent organizing strategies to potential local leaders.
Young was a trusted aide to Martin Luther King Jr. and rose to the executive directorship of the SCLC, organizing voter registration and desegregation campaigns. He was with King when the civil rights leader was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., in 1968.
Young won Georgia’s Fifth District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972 and became the first African American since Reconstruction to be elected to Congress from Georgia. He supported the 1976 presidential campaign of Jimmy Carter, and in 1977, Carter named Young ambassador to the United Nations. He was forced to resign the position in 1979 for having met with a representative of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), at that time considered a terrorist organization. U.S. officials were officially forbidden to meet with its members.
He returned to Atlanta, and in 1981 was elected the city’s mayor. Young won reelection in 1985 but was defeated in a 1990 primary bid to become the Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia. In 1993, Morehouse College in Atlanta established the Center for International Studies, which was renamed the Andrew Young Center for International Studies in March 1998.
Young is currently a professor at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. He has remained active in Georgia’s civic affairs, serving as co-chair of the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games and continuing to foster economic growth in the developing world as a business consultant and as chairman of the Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund.
Commencement will begin at 5 p.m. in the McChesney Student Activity Center on the UM campus.
Disability Access Information
For the McChesney Student Activity Center:
Visitors who require accommodation are strongly encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior to commencement.
Seating: Wheelchair seating is available in two areas of the arena. On the first floor, wheelchairs may be placed on the arena floor against the first row of bleachers. Please be mindful that the processional will walk through these areas and should not be impeded.
Second floor wheelchair seating is available in the end zone seating opposite of the stage end. To access the second floor, an elevator is located to the left of the hospitality desk in the foyer of the Activity Center.
Note: Please be aware that UM does not provide wheelchairs.
Handicapped parking is available a the front of the Activity Center. University Police will be present to direct you. Guests who are unable to walk from general parking areas may also be dropped off at the front of the Activity Center.
Parking is available in the lot beside the building as well as across the street. parking is also allowed along College Drive in designated spaces.
Please do not park on sidewalks, fire lanes, loading docks, landscaped areas, or on streets except in designated parking areas. Improperly parked cars may be towed at the owner’s expense.
Lost and Found
For items believed lost in the Activity Center, please contact the UM Police Department.
Lost and Found Guidelines
In Case of Rain or Severe Weather
Because the Fall 2013 graduate and undergraduate commencement exercises will be held indoors at the McChesney Student Activity Center, the University’s inclement weather policy does not apply.