Governor Haslam to Speak at Lee’s Winter Commencement

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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Governor Bill Haslam will deliver the commencement address at Lee University's winter commencement, it was announced today by Lee president Paul Conn.

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

"We are so honored that Governor 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 95 counties in the state.

"We believe Governor 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 the Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, where he served as an elder for 22 years.

The 2012 winter commencement will also stream live for the convenience of friends and family who are unable to attend the event. Please visit to watch the live streaming on Dec. 15.