Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will celebrate its 167th Fall Convocation service at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, in the Mayborn Campus Center on campus.
Dr. Jerry Bawcom, the 21st president of UMHB from 1991 through 2009, will be the guest speaker at the 2012 Fall Convocation service.
During Bawcom’s presidency, the university experienced unprecedented growth and stability. Enrollment grew from about 1,700 students to more than 2,700 students, and a number of academic programs were added, including the Master of Science in Information Systems, the Master of Science in Nursing, and the Doctor of Education degrees.
Dr. Bawcom earned a B.S. in Education and a M.Ed. degree from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D. from North Texas State University. He now holds the title of President Emeritus, and he and his wife, Vicky, continue to reside in Belton.
Convocation inaugurates the official opening of the new academic school year at the university. During the ceremony, the Gary and Diane Heavin Servant Leadership Award will be presented to two students to recognize their volunteerism and service in non-profit organizations in the community. To be considered for the awards, students must be juniors or seniors and have accrued an outstanding record of ministry and/or community service during their years at UMHB.
Fall Convocation at UMHB is open to the public.