Haslam to speak to Lee grads
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Nov 28, 2012 | 909 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bill Haslam
Bill Haslam
Gov. Bill Haslam will deliver the keynote at Lee University’s winter commencement, according to an announcement today by Dr. Paul Conn, Lee president.

The commencement is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15. Approximately 275 graduates will receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the ceremony, to be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Conn Center.

“We are so honored that Gov. Haslam will be here to challenge our graduates and share this festive occasion with them and their families,” Conn said.

The December graduation is one of three at Lee each year.

Haslam was elected to be Tennessee’s governor in 2010. A Republican, he won a majority of votes in 90 of the 95 counties in the state.

“We believe Gov. Haslam will bring to our graduates a wonderful example of a successful businessman who left the private sector to serve the public in government leadership,” Conn said. “We are complimented that the governor would come to participate in our commencement, of course, but we also believe he can offer an important challenge to our graduates, whatever their political affiliation.”

Haslam is a native of Knoxville. He graduated from Emory University as a history major in 1980. Working in his family business, Pilot Corporation, he eventually became president of that company. He was elected mayor of Knoxville in 2003, and served in that office until running successfully for governor in 2010.

Haslam and his wife, Crissy, have two daughters and a son. They are members of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville where he served as an elder for 22 years.