University of Mount Olive to Hold Graduation August 18

MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive will graduate approximately 320 students at its 59th summer commencement on Saturday, August 18, 2012.  Graduation exercises are scheduled for 2:00 PM in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena.

The commencement speaker will be University of Mount Olive alumnus Robert Byrd Kornegay. Kornegay has been the Manager of Marketing and Member Services at Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation for a decade. He is co-owner, secretary and treasurer of Kornegay Brothers, Inc. He earned his first associate degree in applied science at North Carolina State University in 1982. His second associate degree in liberal arts and his bachelor degree in business administration were earned at University of Mount Olive in 2006 and 2008.

Kornegay serves on the Board of Trustees for University of Mount Olive and James Sprunt Community College, the Board for Duplin Community Foundation, the Board for Duplin Education Foundation, the Board for El-Centro de Duplin, the Agri-Business Advisory Board for University of Mount Olive, the Board of Deacons at Snow Hill Original Free Will Baptist Church of Mount Olive, and the Duplin Agri-Business Council Board of Directors. He is also on the Board of Directors of Wayne Alliance Inc. and a board member of Impact Wayne. Kornegay and his wife, Penny James, have three children together; Elliott, Chandler and Cameron.

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

Reverend Hamm was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. He received a bachelor of science degree in church ministries from University of Mount Olive in 2003, and a master of divinity degree with concentrations in Biblical studies and Christian education from Campbell University Divinity School in 2008. In July of 2012, Reverend Hamm earned a doctor of ministry degree in Christian spirituality from Washington Theological Union. He has served as pastor of three congregations since 1999, and has served in the leadership of the Original Free Will Baptist for ten years. Currently he is an adjunct professor of religion at University of Mount Olive, teaching various courses at three of the College’s locations.

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