COCA-COLA CEO Muhtar Kent Provides Inspiration at Memorable HPU Graduation Ceremony

Posted on May 8, 2010.

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 8, 2010 – High Point University held an inspiring Graduation Ceremony on May 8, with nearly 700 graduates receiving their degrees on the Roberts Hall Front Lawn.

The Commencement Speaker was The Coca-Cola Company Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent who oversees a global company with 93,000 employees worldwide and $32 billion in sales.  Coca-Cola beverages are sold in over 200 countries.

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During the ceremony, Dr. Marion (Butch) Hodge, professor of English, was presented with the Ruth Ridenhour Scholarly and Professional Achievement Award. Dr. Michael McCully, associate professor of economics, received the Meredith Clark Slane Distinguished Teaching-Service Award.

Every year, HPU brings inspiring national and international speakers to campus. Past Commencement speakers at HPU have included: NASA Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin (2009); Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (2008); Dr. Bill Cosby (2007); Queen Noor of Jordan (2006); and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (2005).

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at or on Twitter at

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration


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