CU sets 171st Commencement Saturday

Preparations are well underway for the 171st Commencement at Cumberland University.

The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, on the Lebanon campus.

The event is scheduled to take place on the front lawn of Memorial Hall; however, with unpredictable weather forecasted, the event may be moved to an indoor location. Updated information and a live webcast of the event will be provided on the school website,

The university will honor Mrs. Martha Bradshaw and her late husband Dr. James Bradshaw with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

The Bradshaws were selected to receive the honor in recognition of their years of service and devotion to the Wilson County community and Cumberland University. Dr. Bradshaw, who passed away in February, spent much of his life in Wilson County serving as a physician. Mrs. Bradshaw continues to serve on the Board of Trust at Cumberland University and has been instrumental in the Phoenix Ball since its inception.

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award was established in 1925 in memory of Mr. Sullivan, a Southerner who became a prominent lawyer, businessman and philanthropist in the late 19th century. The Sullivan Foundation and carefully selected colleges and universities jointly arrange for the issue of awards, which are to be perpetual reminders of Algernon Sydney Sullivan.

The Bradshaws, along with a student recipient of this award, will be recognized during the ceremony.

University officials are making every effort to ensure a safe and memorable experience is had by all on Saturday. It is expected that all campus lots will reach capacity early in the day. Commencement guests are encouraged to take advantage of three overflow parking lots located at Immanuel Baptist Church (214 Castle Heights Ave.), St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church (300 S. Tarver Ave.), or First United Methodist Church (415 West Main Street). Shuttle service will be available at all locations before and after the ceremony.