Lance Armstrong Headlines 87th Commencement Weekend

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 28, 2011 ? High Point University will host a celebration of and events and activities for the 2011 Commencement Weekend, to be held May 6-7. The event, which marks the 87th Graduation Ceremony, brings in renowned speakers to campus each year. The featured speaker for this year?s Graduation Ceremony will be Lance Armstrong, founder of the LiveStrong Cancer Support Foundation and seven-time winner of the Tour de France. Commencement Weekend events are not open to the public.

The university will award 785 degrees during commencement, including 673 undergraduate degrees and 112 graduate degrees. This marks the largest undergraduate class in the history of the university.

Scheduled events for May 6 include:

? Commencement Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. in the Millis Athletic and Convocation Center on the HPU campus. HPU President Dr. Nido R. Qubein will be the featured speaker.

? Baccalaureate, 5:30 p.m. at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 1225 Chestnut Drive in High Point. The Rev. Michael L. Lindvall will speak at the event.
Scheduled events for May 7 include:

? Graduation Ceremony, 9 a.m. on the Roberts Hall Front Lawn. Lance Armstrong, founder of the LiveStrong Cancer Support Foundation and seven-time winner of the Tour de France, will be the featured speaker. The rain site for the ceremony will be in the Millis Athletic and Convocation Center.

Highlights for the 2011 Commencement Weekend include:

? Lance Armstrong, a former professional road racing cyclist, is best known for winning the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times after having survived testicular cancer. He is also the founder and chairman of the LiveStrong Cancer Support Foundation. Armstrong was named the Best Male Athlete in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 by ESPN. He retired from the cycling world in February, 2011. While Armstrong?s success in the world of cycling is impressive, it was the courage he summoned in his personal battle against cancer and the conviction to help others that have led to a life of significance. He has spent much of his time outside of the cycling world heading up his foundation, the LiveStrong Cancer Support Foundation, which supports people affected by cancer. The foundation, which began in 1997, has become one of the top 10 groups funding cancer research in the United States, raising more than $400 million from multiple fundraising efforts, which include the sale of the iconic yellow LiveStrong bracelets. Through Armstrong, LiveStrong has become a global movement, and he continues to inspire people to feel empowered and to take control of their lives and their health.

High Point University selected Lance Armstrong because he has demonstrated that determination and perseverance are transferable skills – from athlete to philanthropist. Armstrong?s attitude has led him to success despite the tremendous obstacles he has faced.

? The Rev. Michael L. Lindvall, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Princeton Theological Seminary, currently serves as the pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City. He has previously served as pastor to congregations in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Northport, New York. He has written essays, book reviews, sermons and works of fiction that have appeared in a variety of church-related and secular periodicals. Lindvall has also written two novels, ?The Good News from North Haven,? and ?Leaving North Haven.? He has also written several books of accessible theology: ?A Geography of God, What Did Jesus Do? ? A Crash Course on His Life and Times,? and most recently, ?Knowing God?s Triune Story.?

? Dr. Nido R. Qubein, president of HPU, is the recipient of the highest awards given for professional speakers, including the Cavett (known as the Oscar of professional speaking), and many other honors such as the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans. He is also author of several books and teaches the President?s Seminar on Life Skills to all freshmen at HPU.

For additional information, visit or call 336-841-9055.

Every year, High Point University makes a special effort to bring inspiring national and international speakers to campus. Past Commencement speakers at HPU have included Chairman of the Board and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company Muhtar Kent (2010); 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 over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among ?America?s Best Colleges.? Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 14 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

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist


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