Franklin to Speak at Commencement

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The University of West Georgia will host former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin as keynote speaker at the university’s spring 2010 commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 8.

UWG will hold ceremonies at 9 a.m. for College of Arts and Sciences and Richards College of Business undergraduates and at 2 p.m. for College of Education and School of Nursing undergraduates and Graduate School degree recipients. Ceremonies will take place in The Coliseum.

Franklin, who served two terms as mayor of Atlanta, was first elected in 2002, becoming the first woman to serve as mayor of a major Southern city. She currently is the William and Camille Cosby Professor at Spelman College in Atlanta.

She co-chairs the Regional Commission on Homelessness, serves as vice-chair of the Center for Civil and Human Rights and serves on the board of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

Franklin holds a bachelor's degree from Howard University and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

For more information, call 678-839-5495.