Starting at 7 p.m., this year’s Baccalaureate and Commencement services will feature 99 new TWC graduates walking across the stage to accept their diplomas.
The Winter Commencement speaker is Beecher Hunter, the president of Life Care Centers of America. Holding the position since Aug. 16, 2006, Hunter joined Life Care on March 3, 1986, as vice president of communications.
He subsequently served as senior vice president of corporate and community relations, and executive vice president of corporate and community relations before assuming the position of president.
He is a former editor of The Cleveland Daily Banner, a post he held for 13 years. During his tenure, The Banner was a frequent winner of first-place prizes for editorial writing and community service projects in statewide competition.
Hunter, a native of Cookeville, is a graduate of Tennessee Tech, with a bachelor of arts degree in English.
He is a former president of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce and the Cleveland Family YMCA. He is a veteran of the Tennessee National Guard, where he served for nine years, and is a member of First Baptist Church in Cleveland where he serves as an ordained deacon and Sunday School teacher. He and his wife, Lola, reside in Cleveland.