McMurry University Commencement Set for May 12

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, May 9, 2018 9:18 AM
  Archives 2017 - 2018

Abilene, TX

Abilene mayor Anthony Williams, a 1993 McMurry alumnus, will be the guest speaker for the McMurry University Commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, in Hunt P.E. Center. McMurry will confer degrees on 141 seniors at the event. Williams is the first McMurry graduate to serve as the mayor of Abilene.

In addition to serving on McMurry’s Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2016, Williams has served on the Abilene City Council since 2001. He has given many hours of service to the community as a volunteer on many local and state non-profit and civic boards. He also has been a leader in his church, Minda Street Church of Christ.

Williams helped form the Abilene Neighborhood Initiative, a partnership between the city and pastors in lower-income neighborhoods, including some that are predominantly black, to lower crime and improve quality of life. He has won numerous civic and government awards including the Abilene Youth Sports Authority Volunteer of the Year, the Black History Community Award, the N.A.S.W. (Taylor County) Elected Official of the Year, Abilene Reporter News Top Business Professional under 40, Abilene Christian University Unsung Hero Award, Big Brother of the Year, and the Pride of Abilene Award. He is a graduate of Leadership Abilene and the Abilene Citizens Police Academy.

Bishop Earl Bledsoe, presiding bishop for the Northwest Texas and New Mexico conferences of the United Methodist Church, will be the featured preacher at the University’s Baccalaureate service at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. His sermon is entitled, “Unique But Not Alone!”  


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