Georgia Governor, Senate Chaplain, Sessions to Speak During Samford Graduation Weekend
Georgia Governor Roy E. Barnes will deliver the Commencement address and U.S. Senate Chaplain Lloyd Ogilvie the Baccalaureate sermon during graduation weekend at Samford University May 25-26. Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions will speak during graduation for Samford's Cumberland School of Law.
A total of 932 seniors will receive degrees during Commencement Weekend.
Gov. Barnes will speak during 10 a.m. Commencement exercises at Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Arena Saturday, May 26. Barnes, whose daughter Alyssa is a member of the graduating class, will also receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Samford.
Barnes, from Mableton, Ga., was elected Georgia's 80th governor in 1998 on a platform emphasizing education and healthcare reform. His major legislative accomplishments include creation of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, which has broad powers over transportation issues and urban sprawl; a Patients' Bill of Rights, and an education reform act which requires smaller classes, more accountability and other features.
Dr. Ogilvie will speak during Baccalaureate services Friday, May 25, at 8 p.m. in Wright Center at Samford. The Kenosha, Wisc., native, a Presbyterian minister, was elected the Senate's 61st Chaplain in 1995. Before that, he served as pastor of Presbyterian churches for 39 years and maintained a weekly television ministry, "Let God Love You," for 17 of those years.
Senator Sessions will address the law graduation Saturday, May 26, at 3 p.m. in Wright Center at Samford. The former Alabama Attorney General, elected to the Senate in 1996, serves on three major committees: Armed Services, Judiciary and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. His daughter, Mary Abigail, is a junior at Cumberland who has been elected student bar president for 2001-2002.