Columbus State Graduation Set For Civic Center Monday

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University will hold its spring 2010 commencement 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 10 at the Columbus Civic Center. The event marks the university’s 100th commencement.

About 600 of CSU’s latest degree recipients will participate in what will be the university’s 100th commencement. Rehearsal begins, and doors open for guests, at 4:30 p.m.

Local philanthropist and community leader Ethel “Sally” Foley will be awarded an honorary doctorate, and the featured speaker is U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga.

Bishop, in his ninth term representing Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District, also is a member of the House Committee on Appropriations and a senior whip in the majority whip operation for the 111th Congress.

A member of the “Blue Dog Coalition” of fiscally conservative House Democrats and co-chairman and co-founder of the Congressional Military Family Caucus, Bishop also sits on the Subcommittee for Defense, the Subcommittee on Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, and the Subcommittee on Agriculture for the House of Representatives. He also served as chairman of a Democratic House Task Force on Homeland Security and the working group on Defense of Physical Infrastructure and Natural Resources.

With degrees from Morehouse College and Emory Law School, Bishop was first elected to Congress in 1992 after serving in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1977-1990 and in the Georgia Senate from 1991-1992.

Foley, who will receive CSU’s Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, has served on the CSU Foundation Board of Trustees and Patrons of Music Steering Committee, as well as the boards of the Columbus Museum, Uptown Columbus, Columbus Gateways, Columbus Symphony and National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus.

A gift in 2001 from Foley, a Columbus native, resulted in the naming of “The Foley Orchestra Rehearal Hall” in the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. In 2005, her children established the Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair of Orchestral Activities for the Schwob School of Music with a $1 million endowment. Gifts from Foley also have provided facilities for the Rankin House and Springer Opera House.

For more information about Columbus State’s spring graduation ceremony, go to http://graduation.colstate.edu. The website includes a link for watching the commencement live online.