For release: December 3, 2013
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The University of Memphis will hold its winter Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 14,
awarding a total of 1,567 degrees, including 27 doctorates, in two ceremonies at FedExForum.
During the 10 a.m. ceremony, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Communication
and Fine Arts, the University College and the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will
confer degrees. At 2 p.m., graduates of the Fogelman College of Business & Economics,
the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, the Herff College of Engineering,
the Loewenberg School of Nursing, the School of Public Health and the School of Communication
Sciences and Disorders will receive their degrees.
The featured speaker at the 10 a.m. ceremony will be Dr. James D. Eason, professor
of surgery and chief of transplantation at the University of Tennessee Health Science
Center and program director at Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute.
Throughout his career, Eason has earned numerous honors and awards. He was the Cystic
Fibrosis Breath of Life Honoree in 2011 and was named “One of the 10 People Who Impacted
Memphis Over the Last Decade” by The Commercial Appeal and one of the “Top Doctors” by Memphis Magazine in 2011.
The 2 p.m. speaker will be Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris. He serves on the board
of the Memphis Research Consortium, which he helped create in 2010, and on the advisory
board of the U of M’s Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute. Norris represents
Shelby and Tipton counties in Tennessee’s 32nd Senatorial District. He was elected
twice to the Shelby County Board of Commissioners. Norris was first elected to the
Senate in 2000 and was re-elected to a fourth term last year with the most votes in