Mount Olive College Graduation Set For May 7

MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive will graduate approximately 350 students at its 57th spring commencement on Saturday, May 7, 2011.  Graduation exercises are scheduled for 2:00 PM. in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena.

The commencement speaker will be theDr. Kay Hall Albertson, president of Wayne Community College.   Albertson has 28 years experience in the N.C. Community College System and has been employed with Wayne Community College since August 2000.   Prior to being selected as president, she held a variety of administrative positions at WCC including vice president of Academic and Student Services.  Albertsonhas also held academic and administrative positions at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, the University of Virginia, Old Dominion University, and taught in various public schools in Virginia.

Albertson is a graduate of Longwood College in Virginia and holds a masters degree and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Virginia.She is married to Dr. W. Woodrow “Woody” Albertson, a clinical psychologist and retired Colonel, USAF Reserves.   Her son Clayton, daughter-in-law Jacqueline, grandson Ransom and granddaughter, Reeves, all reside in New York, N.Y.

Preceding graduation University of Mount Olive will hold its traditional baccalaureate service in Southern Bank Auditorium in Raper Hall at 10:30 AM.  The Reverend Gary Bailey will be the keynote speaker.

Bailey is senior pastor at Stoney Creek Free Will Baptist Church, Goldsboro, NC. Rev. Bailey holds degrees from University of Mount Olive and North Carolina State University. He has served the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists for over 30 years in many different roles such as Board of Directors of Cragmont Assembly and The Board of Foreign Missions, president of the State Convention of OFWB, and as an Ordination Council member for the Central Conference.

Bailey is married to the former Kristie Raper, 1973. They have a daughter, Suzanne Wise, a son, Justin Bailey, and four granddaughters.

University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit