University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

April 28, 2006
Contact: Jessica L. Ross , USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6636

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby to Address USA Graduates During Spring Commencement May 6, 2006

Alabama’s senior U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby will give the University of South Alabama 2006 spring commencement address at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at the USA Mitchell Center. The ceremony marks the beginning for 1,167 graduates. USA has awarded 2,437 degrees this year and 57,635 throughout its history.

At the spring commencement ceremony, USA will award 871 bachelor’s degrees, 219 master’s degrees, 61 doctors of medicine, 12 educational specialists and four doctors of philosophy degrees. The University of South Alabama will help Shelby celebrate his 72nd birthday by honoring him and his wife,
  U.S. Senator Richard Shelby
Dr. Annette Nevin Shelby, with Doctor of Humane Letters degrees.    

Throughout four decades of public service, Shelby has distinguished himself as a leader in local, state and national politics. As a fifth generation Alabamian, Shelby has an undeniable commitment to his home state and the philosophy that a smaller government can also be a more effective government.

Shelby has served with distinction in the U.S. Congress for 28 years, including four terms as a representative and 20 years as a senator.

Currently, Shelby serves as chairman of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and chairman of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee. In addition, he is a member of the full Appropriations Committee and the Special Committee on Aging.

He has provided extraordinary leadership in the area of national security during his service as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and he has offered unwavering leadership and support for national defense and for members of the armed forces and veterans as a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

Shelby’s legislative agenda mirrors his conservative values and his commitment to freedom, family and a strong, prosperous economy. He has authored and introduced legislation to create a balanced budget amendment every Congress since his election to the U.S. Senate.

A native of Birmingham, Shelby earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Alabama. Following graduation in 1963, he started his career in public service as a City Prosecutor for the city of Tuscaloosa.

Dr. Shelby currently serves as Professor Emerita of Management at Georgetown University. She is the first female tenured full professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Dr. Shelby has received numerous teaching and research awards, including the Association for Business Communications Outstanding Researcher Award and Distinguished Member, Alpha Kappa Psi Award for Distinguished Publication, Danforth Association Award for Excellence in Teaching; Vicennial Medalist, Georgetown University; and the Joseph F. LeMoine Award for Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Excellence.

In addition to her academic achievements, Dr. Shelby has maintained a leadership role in civic and charitable causes. She is a dynamic supporter of many charitable causes, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Lombardi Cancer Center, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and the National Osteoporosis Foundation, among many others.

She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech from the University of Alabama, followed by her doctorate in speech from Louisiana State University. Her academic areas of specialization are management communication, interpersonal and organizational communication, corporate advocacy and intercultural communication.

College sweethearts, the Shelbys have been married for 46 years and have two sons, Richard Jr. and Claude Nevin.


For the graduating students, there will be reserved parking in the parking lot across from the Student Recreation Center on Jaguar Drive, which is located behind the Mitchell College of Business. Admittance to the Physical Education Building is limited to graduating students only.

Handicapped parking will be limited but is available for students, family and friends. Entrance to this parking lot will be from Old Shell Road only (behind the Mitchell Center). Proper tags must be visible for access to this lot.

SHUTTLE SERVICES (for family and guests)

Lighted (LED) signage will be set up on University Boulevard and Old Shell Road, which will direct traffic to the shuttle/parking areas. In addition, yellow directional parking signage will be displayed.

SHUTTLE TIMES: Shuttle services will run from noon to 6 p.m.

SHUTTLE PICK UP POINTS: University Commons, Gamma Residence Hall parking lot, and the parking lot east of the Computer Science Building.

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