The December commencement ceremony will feature Dr. Sanford Shugart as the commencement speaker on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium. His address is entitled, “Knowing Your Calling,” and will include reflection on Psalm 84:5-7. The commencement ceremony is free and open to the public.

Dr. Shugart received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has served as the fourth President of Valencia College in Orlando, FL since 2000. As the winner of the first Aspen Prize for Excellence, Valencia College is one of the most celebrated community colleges in America, serving 70,000 students per year. Prior to beginning his time at Valencia, Sanford, or “Sandy,” served as President of North Harris College and as Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of the North Carolina Community College System. Dr. Shugart is also a published poet, a songwriter and author of “Leadership in the Crucible of Work: Discovering the Interior Life of an Authentic Leader.”