UMO Summer Commencement Set for August 29

UMO Summer Commencement Set for August 29

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will graduate approximately 150 students on Saturday, August 29. Commencement exercises are scheduled for 2 PM in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena.

Recently retired University of Mount Olive Professor of English Dr. Dee Clere will be the commencement speaker. Clere was born in Asheville and grew up in Greensboro She received her B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later received her M.A. from the University of Virginia. Afterwards, she returned to UNC Chapel Hill to achieve her Ph.D. in English.

Clere began teaching at UMO in 1988.  She has taught British and American literature, developmental English, composition courses, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, romantic literature, Victorian literature, grammar, children’s literature, and Latin. In addition to her full course load Clere also served as sponsor for Sigma Tau Delta, the English honors society. She is also a commissioned lay pastor within the Presbyterian Church. Clere resides in Faison with her husband Thomas Clere.  They have two adult children.

Preceding the graduation ceremony will be the baccalaureate service at 10:30 AM in Southern Bank Auditorium in Raper Hall with Josh Whitfield as the speaker. Whitfield, a Deep Run resident, earned his B.A. from North Carolina State University in May of 2003 and later received his M.A. from Campbell University Divinity School in May of 2011. He is currently pursuing a doctorate of ministry (DMIN) degree from Campbell University Divinity School.

Whitfield was ordained in 2008 and is a member of the Eastern Conference of the OFWB denomination. Throughout his career, he has served as a pastor of Deep Run OFWB Church and currently serves as secretary to the Ministerial Association of OFWB and as the Eastern Conference assistant moderator. Whitfield married Allison Whitfield in 2003, and has two children, Jack and Abby.

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