On May 10, 11, 2002, the campus family came together to celebrate a rite of passage for almost 400 young people. These studious young persons have reached the pinnacle of a journey begun some 16 years ago when they began their formal schooling. Congratulations to you all as you reach this pinnacle of your life.
This year's Consecration speaker was Dr. Kim Logan-Nowlin, a licensed professional counselor who owns her own Christian clinical practice in the city of Detroit, Michigan. The speaker for Baccalaureate was Dr. Erylene Piper-Mandy, a psycho-cultural anthropologist who specializes in cross-cultural competence and American ethnicity.
This year's Commencement speaker was Judge Greg Mathis, serving the Michigan Thirty-sixth District Court. Judge Mathis has a television program in which he serves up tough but fair justice. A longtime community activist, Judge Mathis has set an example by rising from the streets and the gang culture to attend law school and earn a degree and pass the bar. His desire is to help direct other young people to see the possibilities where there seem to be only drugs, poverty, and hopelessness.
The President's Award was presented to Christopher Leggett, M.D., and Mrs. Denise Cleveland-Leggett, J.D., for their generous support of the college. The Community Service Award went to Madison County commissioner Dale W. Strong, a true friend of the college. The Distinguished Alumnus Award went to Victor A. Duncan, M.D., for his significant contributions to society and the college. Representative Robert E. Cramer, of the Alabama Fifth District, received the Philanthropy Award for his consistent service to his constituency.
Thanks to all the parents and supporters who made this day possible. Our prayers and best wishes go with all of our graduates as they begin to make their mark in an increasingly difficult world.
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