Reinhardt University will see a graduating class of nearly 300 walk the stage Friday to receive degrees.

The university's 132nd commencement ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Ken White Field at University Stadium.

The keynote speaker for the event is Alicia Ivey, president and CEO of Goldbergs Concessions Corp. and chairman of Phoenix Drilling Corp. She is also an an alumna from the class of 2004 and trustee of the university.

“For me, I always cherish the values I learned from my beloved Reinhardt,” Ivey said in a statement. “This institution taught me to take the road traveled by few which leads to the road of boundless possibilities and success.”

The Student Reflection address will be given by Angel Cornista, who was captain of the women’s volleyball team for back-to-back championship titles, an orientation leader and member of D.R.E.A.M.S.

“My professors and mentors helped me dig deep for the passion I have for Reinhardt,” Cornista said.

History graduate Madeline Gray, recipient of the 2019 Engaged Learner Award, will deliver the benediction. Dominique Xiong, who studied music education, will lead the alma mater, and musical theatre graduate Mikensley Clayton will perform “What I Did for Love” from “A Chorus Line.”

Guests are encouraged to arrive early for parking and seating. Graduates will park at the East/West apartments, and handicap parking will be located at the Field House. A state-issued handicap permit will be required. Golf cart shuttles and vans will be accessible across campus for those in need. Following the ceremony, all shuttles will be at One Eagles Way by the stadium to return guests to their vehicles.

Reinhardt’s Department of Public Safety and the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office will assist with parking and traffic flow for the event. Traffic delays are expected on Ga. Highway 140 and Ga. Highway 108 between 8 a.m. and noon.

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Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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