Congressman Duncan will give Commencement Address

Congressman Duncan will give Commencement Address

May 2, 2011
Contact: Karen Eldridge, Director of Communications

Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr., (R-TN) will give the commencement address to Maryville College’s Class of 2011 during a ceremony scheduled for 6 p.m., May 15, on the lawn between Anderson Hall and Sutton Science Center.

His address to the approximately 250 seniors graduating is “Walk Humbly,” and the Scripture reading is Micah 6:6-8.

During the ceremony, Duncan will also receive the honorary doctor of law degree from the 192-year-old liberal arts college.

“Maryville College’s mission statement declares that the College ‘prepares students for lives of citizenship and leadership,’ so it is appropriate to add Congressman Duncan to our long list of alumni who are leading such lives,” said Maryville College President Dr. William T. “Tom” Bogart. “He has long been a fan of Maryville College and a believer in the value and place of private, higher educational institutions in this country. Recently, he helped us secure federal funding for a new Undergraduate Science Education and Research Institute.

“I believe our graduates will be inspired by Congressman Duncan’s passion for service and his commitment to this region,” Bogart continued.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Boydson Baird Gymnasium of Cooper Athletic Center.

Duncan is 23-year member of Congress

Duncan, a Knoxville native, has represented the Second Congressional District in Washington, D.C., since 1988. He currently serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he serves as chairman of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Natural Resources, which retains jurisdiction over national parks and natural resources.'

According to a biography posted on the congressman’s official website, “Duncan’s efforts to cut government waste, reduce taxes and limit bureaucratic red tape have been recognized by various organizations and national news media such as FOX News, ABC News, CBS News, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, U.S. News and World Report and others. He has been named among the five most fiscally conservative members of Congress by the National Taxpayers Union and is one of the few members of Congress to receive the Citizens Against Government Waste Super Hero Award.”

He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the George Washington University National Law Center. In 2009, Lincoln Memorial University named its school of law for Duncan, recognizing the congressman’s career in law and civic leadership and his commitment to creating opportunities for the people of East Tennessee.

Duncan is married to the former Lynn Hawkins of Sewanee, Tenn. The couple live in Knoxville and are members of Eastminster Presbyterian Church. They have four children and five grandchildren.

Graduation broadcast live

Streaming video of commencement exercises will be broadcast live by internet broadcasting company Knox ivi.

Questions regarding the broadcast should be directed to Mary Leidig at 865.981.8079 or

Baccalaureate planned for 2 p.m.

Fr. Ragan Schriver, executive director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee and pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Seymour, will be this year’s baccalaureate speaker. The title of his address is “Any Further Questions?”

Held in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center for the Arts, the baccalaureate ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 15, and is open to the public.

A Knoxville native, Schriver earned his bachelor’s degree at Thomas More College in Cincinnati and a master’s degree in psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati. While in the seminary at Kenrick School of Theology, he earned a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1995.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.