NCAA official to deliver commencement address at Rust

4/16/2008

National Collegiate Athletic Association Senior Vice President Bernard W. Franklin will be the speaker for Rust College's 42nd commencement.

The ceremonies are scheduled for 2 p.m. April 20 in the McMillan Multi-Purpose Center.

Franklin, who served as president of Virginia Union University prior to accepting the position with the NCAA, is senior vice president for governance and membership with the organization.

In 1983, Franklin began his career in higher education as assistant professor in the department of educational leadership at Miami University in Ohio. He held administrative positions as vice president for student affairs at Virginia Union and assistant vice president for student affairs at Johnson C. Smith University. Later in his career, he served as president of three North Carolina colleges – Saint Augustine's College, Livingstone College and Hood Theological Seminary.

Franklin earned a bachelor of arts in religion from Simpson College, a master of education from Western Maryland College and a doctor of education degree from Columbia University Teachers College.

Other activities for the commencement weekend include trustee meetings and a Rust College Trustee-Community A'Cappella Choir concert which will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 18 in the James A. Elam Chapel on campus.

Several events will take place throughout the day on April 19. The Presidential–Alumni 5K Run and 2K Walk that will benefit the Tom Joyner Foundation Rust College Scholarship Fund is at 8 a.m. Those interested in participating can register on the day of the event. An alumni luncheon meeting will be held at noon in the Shaw Cafeteria, Brown Mass Communications Center. Later in the evening senior consecration will be held at 6:45 p.m., in the Morehouse Auditorium, Doxey Center with a reception immediately following.

The senior/alumni breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. April 20 in the Shaw Cafeteria. Dr. Lorenzo Esters, a 1998 Rust College graduate, will give the challenge. Esters is the management and program analyst in the U.S. Department of Education (office of Elementary and Secondary Education) and a member of the Board of Trustees for Northern Virginia Community College.

For information on any of the Rust College graduation activities, contact the Public Relations Office at 662-252-8000, ext. 4918 or 4917.