Spring Commencement Set for May 4th

Opey Jeanes

MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive will graduate approximately 360 students at its 59th spring commencement on Saturday, May 4th. Graduation exercises are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena.

Dr. Opey D. Jeanes will be the commencement speaker. Jeanes has been the vice president for special services at University of Mount Olive for over 20 years. He is also the director of MOC at Goldsboro located on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Jeanes is an experienced college administrator with 52 years of service, including all phases of college planning, teaching, accreditation, operations and development with special interest in the area of academic administration. He has experience working with diverse groups such as administrators, faculty and staff within a college, as well as community leaders and state agencies. He also has extensive experience in regional accreditation through service on more than 30 evaluation committees.

Jeanes holds a B.A. in chemistry from Atlantic Christian College, an M.A. in chemistry from George Peabody College and an Ed.D. in college administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.

Jeanes and his wife, Jenny, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  The couple has three grown children, Dale, James and Paul.
Dr. Ruby Bell will be the baccalaureate speaker. She is an assistant professor of education and chair of the Education Department at University of Mount Olive.
Ruby Bell

Bell has over 34 years of experience in the field of education. She previously served as assistant principal of Midway Elementary School, Hargrove Elementary and Eastern Wayne High School. She has been recognized in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers, Who’s Who in American Education, Outstanding Community Leaders of the 20th Century and The National Dean’s List Honors.
Bell holds a B.S. in education with a minor in history and an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Fayetteville State University. She also holds a M.S. in elementary education from North Carolina Central University.

The baccalaureate service is scheduled for 10:30 AM in Southern Bank Auditorium.

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 www.moc.edu.