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Calhoun announces 2017 Graduation Activities; AAMU President Hugine to Deliver Calhoun’s Commencement Address

May 3, 2017

Calhoun Community College will conduct its 2017 graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 12th, 2017, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the front lawn of the Math/Science/Administration (MSA) building on the Decatur campus.  In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move to the Kelley Gymnasium, with live, televised overflow inside the MSA building. Additionally, for those unable to attend, the graduation ceremony will be streamed live; to access the link to the live stream, visit Calhoun’s website at www.calhoun.edu.  The direct link will be located on the site’s homepage.

According to the Calhoun Admissions Office, more than 1800 students have qualified for graduation.  Of that number, approximately 450 students plan to participate in this year’s ceremony.  A unique feature added to the ceremony several years ago will continue this year – the graduation procession will be led by bagpiper Ryan Morrison.

Speaker for this year's graduation service is Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., 11th president of Alabama A & M University. Hugine earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from South Carolina State University and his doctorate in Higher Education/Institutional Research from Michigan State University. He has presented at numerous professional meetings on strategies for increasing the number of minorities in the STEM disciplines and is the author of three mathematics textbooks.

Prior to his appointment at Alabama A&M University he served as president of South Carolina State University. Other positions held include Interim Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs; Director of Special Services Program; Director of University Year for Action – a service learning program; Research Fellow; Assistant and Director of Institutional Self-Study; Professor of Mathematics; and high school mathematics teacher. Hugine has been recognized both nationally and internationally for his leadership in education and adept administrative skills.

Since his appointment at Alabama A&M, the University’s accreditation with SACSCOC has been reaffirmed and the financial status of the university has been strengthened. The University signed a $96 million dollar financing agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, the largest in the Department’s history, which was used to refinance existing debt and construct a new 600-bed student residence hall.  Enrollment has increased by 5.65% with the Fall 2015 freshman class of 1,482 being the largest in the University’s history.  Ten new academic degree programs have been added, private funding has increased by 68% and the University has successfully completed a $20 million capital campaign. More than two dozen memoranda of understanding have been signed with companies, governmental agencies, and universities, including one with the prestigious Confucius Institute.

Dr. Hugine and his wife of more than 40 years, Abbiegail, have a son, Andrew Hugine, III, and daughter-in-law Karen; a daughter, Akilah Hugine-Elmore and a son-in-law, Quincy Elmore; a grandson Amir; and a granddaughter, Nylah.

Commenting on Dr. Hugine, Calhoun President Dr. James Klauber had this to say, “Dr. Hugine and I share a very common bond in that both of us are transplants from South Carolina to the north Alabama area. 

“Our Calhoun family is most excited to have Dr. Hugine as our commencement speaker this year, as we not only have a number of our graduates who have continued their studies at Alabama A&M, but also have several of our faculty and staff who are alums of the university,” Klauber continued.

Earlier in the day on Friday, the approximately 70 students graduating from Calhoun’s Associate Degree Nursing program will participate in the annual Candlelighting Ceremony. The ceremonies will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Kelley Gymnasium.

This year’s graduation week events will kick off with the College’s 2017 GED graduation on Tuesday, May 9th at 6pm in the Kelley Gymnasium.  Eighty-five students will be participating in the annual ceremony celebrating this important milestone. During the ceremony, selected members of the graduating class will share personal stories about their experiences in the GED program. 

For more information about Calhoun's 2017 graduation ceremonies, contact Janet Kincherlow-Martin, Public Affairs, Community Relations, and Institutional Advancement, at 256-306-2561.