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Class of 2013 to Graduate May 11

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    President Jake B. Schrum signs diplomas for members of the Class of 2013. President Schrum will be giving the 2013 commencement address.
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    Signing the Cullen Tower is a longstanding tradition for Southwestern students before they graduate. Senior David Briner is shown here signing the tower during Tower Days May 1-3. (Photo by Erica Grant)
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    Edward Williams and Emily Havlick are among the members of the Class of 2013 who will be graduating in May. The two posed for this photo during the Graduation Fair in February.

Retiring President Jake B. Schrum will be the commencement speaker

The commencement ceremony for Southwestern’s Class of 2013 will be held on Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. in the Corbin J. Robertson Center.

Approximately 331 December, May and August graduates are eligible to receive degrees at the ceremony. The speaker for the ceremony will be President Jake B. Schrum, who is retiring from Southwestern at the end of June. Schrum is a 1968 graduate of Southwestern and has served as president of the university since 2000. After retiring from Southwestern, he will become president of Emory & Henry College, another Methodist-related liberal arts college in Emory, Va. 

For friends and relatives who are unable to attend the ceremony, it will be streamed live on the Internet. For details on how to watch the broadcast, go to

Overflow viewing also will be available in Room 105 of the Olin Building.

The complete Commencement weekend schedule is available here.