Kingsolver to Address 2011 E&H Graduating Class
Award-winning, best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver will deliver the 2011 commencement address at Emory & Henry College Saturday, May 7.
Commencement exercises begin at 10 a.m. on the south lawn of Memorial Chapel. In addition to the awarding of diplomas to undergraduate and master's candidates, the ceremony will include student orations, as well as the recognition of student award honorees and other distinguished guests.
Described by Writers Digest as one of the most important writers of the 20th century, Barbara Kingsolver is the author of 12 books, including Pigs in Heaven (1993), The Poisonwood Bible (1998), Prodigal Summer (2000), and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (2007).
In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved to the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, located off Exit 14 off Interstate 81, in Abingdon, Va. Information will be announced the morning of commencement to students via the e2campus emergency notification system by 7 a.m. Parents and guests may check the home page of the College website, the College's facebook page or call the College switchboard at 276.944.4121 for additional information that morning. Indoor seating is limited parents and guests should see graduates for seating tickets in advance. There is no limit on the number of guests who can attend if the event is held outdoors on campus.
A Baccalaureate service will be held on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 4 p.m. in Memorial Chapel on the campus of Emory & Henry College in honor of the Class of 2011. The speaker will be Johnson City, Tennessee native Ken Carder, retired United Methodist Bishop, and current Bishop in Residence at the Divinity School at Duke University.
Attendance at this interdenominational worship service is not required for graduates, but is highly encouraged as family members and the College community join together in celebration of their accomplishments.
As graduation approaches, graduating students will want to be sure all of their friends and family back home know about their accomplishments here at Emory & Henry. Graduates can achieve this by submitting a graduate news release form, a form designed to assist students with posting graduation notices in their hometown newspapers, free of charge. Graduating students simply need to submit their information online.
Students must provide a valid E&H e-mail address to complete the form. If graduates would like a photo sent to their hometown newspaper, please email the photo to Brent Treash, Assistant to the Director of Public Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org with their name as it appeared on your graduate news release form.
All forms must be submitted by April 16, 2011.