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Marine general to speak at APSU's Spring Commencement

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey, a 1977 Austin Peay State University graduate and current Deputy Commandant for Plans, Polices and Operations for the United States Marine Corps, will return to his alma mater on May 8 to deliver the keynote address at APSU’s 86th Spring Commencement.

Bailey will speak at both commencement events, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the Dunn Center.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey, a 1977 Austin Peay State University graduate and current Deputy Commandant for Plans, Polices and Operations for the United States Marine Corps, will return to his alma mater on May 8 to deliver the keynote address at APSU’s 86th Spring Commencement.

Bailey will speak at both commencement events, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the Dunn Center.

During his impressive career, Bailey has overseen the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, served as deputy commanding general of the Third Marine Expeditionary Force, served as director of the Expeditionary Warfare School and was assigned as the Commandant of the Marine Corps National Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Bailey has earned graduate degrees from Webster University and the National War College, and his awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal with bronze oak leaf, Legion of Merit with combat V, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and the Combat Action Ribbon.

The University will award 1,191 degrees during the Spring Commencement. In 2008, APSU began hosting two graduation ceremonies to accommodate the University’s growing number of graduates. The first ceremony, featuring candidates from the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Science and Mathematics and the School of Technology and Public Management, will begin at 9 a.m. The second ceremony, featuring degree candidates from the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, the College of Business and the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, will begin at 2 p.m.

APSU offers a free live Web cast of each commencement ceremony. A link to the Web cast will be made available within 24 hours of each ceremony. The ceremonies also will be broadcast live on Magic 91.9 WAPX-FM, a broadcast service of the APSU Department of Communication.

For more information, visit www.apsu.edu/commencement.

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