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FHU Graduation Set for Saturday, May 18

Henderson, Tennessee - Apr 16, 2019

More than 300 Freed-Hardeman University students are expected to participate in commencement exercises Saturday, May 18, at 10:00am in Loyd Auditorium. Dr. Phil Oldham, president of Tennessee Tech University, will deliver the address.

Oldham grew up in Henderson as a part of the FHU family. He is an alumnus of Freed-Hardeman and a former member of the university’s Board of Trustees.

Under his leadership, Tennessee Tech has improved its retention and graduation rates, increased the size of the physical plant and expanded its academic offerings. The university has become a nationally recognized research, doctoral university in the Carnegie Classification. Its degrees provide the highest return on investment of any public university in the state, according to Payscale, Brookings Institute.

Oldham recently announced a grand challenge for Tennessee Tech designed to address the uniquely difficult challenges facing rural communities across Tennessee.  "Rural Reimagined- Gen R" promises to leverage the unique assets of Tennessee Tech faculty and students to harness science, technology and innovation to transform rural living in a way that can be replicated to help rural areas throughout the country and the world.

Nearly 260 students are candidates for baccalaureate degrees, including 21 who will complete their programs in August. Fifty-six graduate students are degree candidates, two of whom are expected to receive doctorates. Katarii Donald  and Nicole Anyse Newman are set to receive Doctor of Education degrees in instructional leadership: administration and supervision.


The Office of Alumni Engagement will host a reception for graduates and their guests in the sports center immediately following the graduation program.