Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin to Speak at Saturday's SLU Atlanta Commencement

June 02, 2009

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin to Speak at Saturday???s SLU Atlanta Commencement Saint Leo University is pleased to announce that the Honorable Shirley Franklin, Mayor of Atlanta, will deliver the commencement address to the university’s 2009 Atlanta-area graduates.

The ceremony will be held at noon, Saturday, June 6, at the Atlanta Civic Center.

The event will bring together nearly 350 students, mainly adult learners, who earned their degrees at SLU teaching locations at Atlanta-Fort McPherson, at the Atlanta Police Training Academy, and in neighboring Gwinnett County. The degrees to be conferred will include: the Associate of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Science degree, the Master of Science in Criminal Justice, and the Master of Business Administration degree.

Mayor Franklin took office in 2002 and is now in her second term as Atlanta’s top official. When elected, she was the first female mayor in Atlanta’s history and the first African-American woman to run a large Southern city. Since then, she has been profiled by several national media outlets, including Time magazine, which, in 2005, named Mayor Franklin as one of the top five mayors in the country, describing her as both a “rampaging reformer” and a “skillful and diplomatic negotiator.”

Mayor Franklin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Howard University and her Master of Arts in the same discipline from the University of Pennsylvania.

The graduates and their families will also hear from student Ronald N. Fears, who will deliver the farewell address on behalf of the class of 2009. He graduates with a bachelor of arts in criminal justice, summa cum laude.