BY JAMES HARPER
Former Florida Sen. Anthony C. “Tony” Hill will be Bethune-Cookman University’s commencement speaker on Saturday. Hill also will be receiving an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the university.
The graduation will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ocean Center, 101 North Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.
“It is our great honor to welcome the Honorable Tony Hill to our campus,” B-CU President Trudie Kibbe Reed said in a statement. She will be presiding over her final B-CU commencement on Saturday; she retires as president on May 13.
“Sen. Hill has been a tremendous supporter of the institution for many years and we consider him a great friend. With his incredible political and professional background, he has a wealth of experience that will certainly inspire our students on such an important day in their lives.”
Now Jacksonville federal policy director
Hill is now Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown’s federal policy director. The former state senator was first elected in November 2002 and subsequently re-elected to four-year terms in 2004 and 2008.
His district encompassed portions of Duval, St. Johns, Flagler, Putman and Volusia Counties. Sen. Hill was the first African-American to represent Volusia County in the state Senate. He also is the former Senate Democratic Whip.
Prior to being elected to the Florida Senate, Hill was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, District 14, in 1992. He was reelected unopposed for three consecutive terms.
Tickets needed for graduation
Each person attending the graduation must have a ticket for a seat. Each graduate will receive a maximum of 10 complimentary tickets. A limited number of tickets will be available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis.
The public can pick up two complimentary tickets per person at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center, 698 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
For more information on graduation, contact the B-CU box office at 386-481-2926 or visit www.cookman.edu.