U.S. Senator Burr named Commencement Speaker at St. Andrews
Laurinburg, N.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Burr will serve as the graduation speaker at the 114th Commencement Ceremony at St. Andrews Presbyterian College on May 7.
“Senator Burr has long been a Congressional leader on issues that advance higher education,” said College President Paul Baldasare. “He and his staff have been strong advocates for St. Andrews over the past four years, and we are honored that he will be with us at commencement to share with our graduates and their families his thoughts and ideas about the importance of education in the 21st century.”
Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, Burr was sworn in to serve North Carolina in the U.S. Senate in 2005. In the Senate, he serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee while also sitting on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; the Energy and Natural Resources Committee; and the Intelligence Committee.
After spending much of his youth in Winston-Salem, Burr graduated from Wake Forest University. He then spent 17 years in business with Carswell Distributing, a wholesale commercial products company, before turning toward public office.
Burr currently serves as a board member for Brenner Children’s Hospital, a part of the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He also serves on the West Point Board of Visitors. He and wife Brooke have two sons.
The college will confer 122 baccalaureate degrees at the ceremony that begins at 9 a.m. on DeTamble Terrace.
For more information about this event, call 910-277-5240.
About St. Andrews Presbyterian College
An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE.
On Aug. 29, 1958, the merger between Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College became official with the formation of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.