Meredith Announces May 2008 Commencement Speaker
Betty Ray McCain, former Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, will serve as speaker at Meredith College’s spring 2008 commencement.
Commencement exercises will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 11, 2008, in Meredith’s outdoor McIver Amphitheater.
McCain, who lives in Wilson, N.C., is a former member of the UNC Board of Governors, the UNC Chapel Hill Board of Trustees, a former chairman of the N.C. Democratic Party from 1976 to 1979 and co-chairman of Jim Hunt’s campaign for governor in 1976 and 1980, and was a volunteer in Hunt’s 1992 campaign for governor. In 1993, McCain was appointed by Governor Jim Hunt as secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, a post she held until 2001.
Her state and community service includes Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Symphony and the Opera Company of North Carolina, director of the N.C. Institute of Medicine, co-chair of the campaign for the UNC-CH School of Education and president of the N.C. Museum of History Associates. She holds honorary degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, UNC Wilmington and Barton College. She also received the “Sam Ragan Angel of the Literary Arts Award” from the N. C. Writers’ Network.
McCain attended St. Mary’s College in Raleigh and then UNC-Chapel Hill, where she received a B.A. in music. Afterwards, she attended Columbia University in New York where she received an M.A. degree in music.
For more information on Meredith’s spring commencement, visit www.meredith.edu/commencement .
Date Submitted: 2008-04-17