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U of M Will Award Degrees in Dual Commencement Ceremonies May 9 University News
For release: April 24, 2009

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The University of Memphis will award an honorary doctor of letters degree to Memphis businessman and philanthropist Robert F. “Bobby” Fogelman during spring Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 9, at FedExForum. Don Hutson will be the featured speaker at both the morning and afternoon ceremonies, when the University will award a total of 1,521 degrees, including 41 doctorates.

In a 10 a.m. ceremony, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Communication and Fine Arts, and the University College will confer degrees.

At 2 p.m., Commencement will be held for the Fogelman College of Business & Economics, the College of Education, the Herff College of Engineering, the Loewenberg School of Nursing, and the School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Fogelman will receive his honorary degree during the afternoon session.

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will hold its graduation Sunday, May 10, at 3 p.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

Robert F. Fogelman
Robert F. Fogelman
Fogelman has been an unqualified success in business while simultaneously serving Memphis’ higher education, arts, and health communities. He is president of Fogelman Investment Company and a former director of numerous private and public companies.

In 1989 a group of business and community leaders led by Fogelman formed the University of Memphis’ Board of Visitors. The BOV serves as an advisory board to the U of M’s president, helping the University achieve excellence and attain national recognition. Fogelman served as the BOV’s first chairman and is also a past president of the U of M Foundation Board of Trustees.

In 1980, the Fogelman family was honored by having the College of Business named the Fogelman College of Business & Economics. The Fogelman Executive Center, a state-of-the-art conference facility, opened on campus in 1987. The Morris S. Fogelman Chair in Real Estate, within the Fogelman College, was established in honor of Bobby Fogelman’s father in 1975. In recognition of these and many other contributions, Bobby Fogelman was honored as a Distinguished Friend of the University of Memphis in 1987.

Fogelman is chairman of the Opera Memphis Endowment and the Memphis Jewish Federation Endowment. He also serves on the Baptist Memorial Healthcare Foundation and the U of M Investment Committee. He is a former trustee of several organizations, including the Memphis Pink Palace Museum, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and Shelby Farms. He is a past chairman of the Memphis College of Art and St. Mary’s Episcopal School.

Recently Fogelman and his wife, Martha, donated more than 180 pieces of sub-Saharan African art to the University of Memphis Art Museum. This diverse collection features such objects as a beaded Yoruba priest’s tunic, a cast metal Benin head from Nigeria, and a wooden Fang funerary mask from Gabon. These works provide a rich core of valuable research and study material for students and visitors to the museum.

Fogelman earned a bachelor of science degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Don Hutson
Don Hutson
Hutson successfully worked his way through the University of Memphis, graduating in 1967 with a degree in marketing. After becoming the top salesperson in a national training organization, he established his own training firm and soon was in demand as a professional speaker. Today Hutson’s client list is primarily Fortune 1000 companies, and he has been featured in more than100 training films. He is chairman and CEO of U.S. Learning and makes some 75 speaking appearances a year. Additionally, he is chairman of the board of Executive Books and is on the advisory board of Success magazine. Hutson is regularly featured on the television networks PBS and TSTN.

He is a member of the University of Memphis Board of Visitors and the U of M Foundation Board of Trustees.

Hutson is the author of nine books, including The Sale and his latest, The One Minute Entrepreneur, a New York Times No.1 best seller that he co-authored with Dr. Ken Blanchard, noted management expert and author of The One-Minute Manager.

Hutson is a member of the prestigious Speakers Roundtable. He was elected by his peers to the presidency of the National Speakers Association and has received its coveted Cavett Award as member of the year. Hutson has also been inducted into the NSA’s Speakers Hall of Fame.

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