University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
 
November 29, 2012
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6360
 

Gov. Robert Bentley to Address
USA Fall Commencement
Ceremony set for 2 p.m. at Mitchell Center

 
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will give the University of South Alabama's Fall 2012 Commencement address on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m., at the USA Mitchell Center.

The ceremony marks the beginning for 1,614 graduates. USA has awarded 73,971 degrees throughout its history.

At the Fall Commencement ceremony, USA will award 992 bachelor’s degrees, 561 master's degrees, 11 educational specialists and 56 doctorate degrees.

Additionally, USA and the Mobile County Public School System will partner again this year to provide live streaming of the University’s Fall Commencement. The live coverage begins Dec. 15 at 2 p.m., CST, on the University's Web site at www.southalabama.edu. Recorded video of the event will be available online at the same address following the live Web cast.

Governor Robert Bentley

In 2010, Robert Bentley was elected the 53rd Governor of the State of Alabama on his promise to put Alabamians back to work. Governor Bentley promised the people of Alabama he would not accept a salary until the State reached full employment, defined as 5.2 percent unemployment. To date, Governor Bentley has never accepted a salary as Governor. Although, given the reduction in unemployment Alabama has seen, he is getting closer to receiving a paycheck.

Governor Bentley surpassed his goal of creating more than 10,000 new jobs for Alabamians in his first year in office. As a result of his efforts and leadership, more than 17,200 new jobs were announced for the state during that time.

Governor Bentley is proud to serve as Chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. He also currently chairs the Appalachian Regional Commission and co-chairs the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse through the National Governor’s Association. He is a member of NGA’s Economic Development and Commerce Commission as well.

During his time in office, Governor Bentley has led legislative efforts to increase incentives for new and expanding businesses in Alabama, to protect consumers by controlling the rising cost of homeowners insurance in the state, to reform the state’s pension system, and to streamline government services and reduce spending. Governor Bentley is committed to saving taxpayers one billion dollars over the next four years by increasing efficiency and right-sizing government.

Prior to becoming Governor, Dr. Bentley served two terms in the Alabama House of Representatives. He represented House District 63 in Tuscaloosa. He graduated from The University of Alabama School of Medicine. He was commissioned Captain in the United States Air Force. Upon completion of his military service, he completed his residency in Dermatology at UAB.

Governor Bentley and his wife of 47 years, Dianne, have four sons and six granddaughters.

Parking and Shuttle Info:

For graduating students, there will be reserved parking in the parking lot located behind the Mitchell College of Business on Jaguar Drive. 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.

Guests entering at Stadium Drive should park in the Gamma/ Engineering Parking Lot.
 
Parking signs are posted throughout the campus and shuttle service is available in the posted areas. Directional parking signs will be displayed. 

The shuttle service will run from noon - 6 p.m. It will deliver guests to the Mitchell Center.

Shuttle pickup and drop-off points are University Commons, Gamma residence hall parking lot, Humanities Building parking lot, Administration parking lot and Jaguar Drive.

 
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