UMO Graduation Set for December 16

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will graduate approximately 300 students on Saturday, December 16. Graduation exercises are scheduled for 2 PM in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena on the Mount Olive Campus.

Congressman K. Michael Conaway will deliver the commencement address. Conaway is serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives where he represents 29 counties in Texas’ 11th congressional district. He is Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, and also serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Conaway is a native of Odessa, Texas. He graduated from Odessa Permian High School in 1966 and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas A & M University-Commerce in 1970.

He served in the United States Army at Fort Hood before settling in Midland, Texas. He worked alongside President George W. Bush as Chief Financial Officer for the Bush Exploration, and the two became great friends. Conaway resides in Midland, Texas with his wife, Suzanne. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

In addition to delivering the Commencement address, Conaway will hold a meeting on Thursday, December 14, at 7:30 PM in the Southern Bank Auditorium.  At that meeting, he will speak about the Farm Bill and Tax Reform, followed by an open forum.

Preceding the commencement ceremony, on Saturday, December 16, will be a baccalaureate service at 11 AM in Southern Bank Auditorium. Dr. Mickael Cariveau, UMO Associate Professor of Biology, will be the speaker.

Cariveau received his Ph.D. from East Carolina University in biomedical physics and completed his postdoctoral studies in the Department of Genetics at the University of Louisiana Health Center in New Orleans and in the Department of Biochemistry and Drug Discovery at Southern Research Institute and the University of Alabama in Birmingham.  He started Christ Across Campus as a ministry to share the gospel with students across the UMO campus.  He is married with three children.  He enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and traveling.

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