|Blackburn Slated to Address U of M Commencements Dec. 15
For release: December 12, 2007
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U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is scheduled to address University of Memphis graduates during winter Commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 15, at FedExForum. In morning and afternoon sessions a total of 1,405 degrees will be awarded, including 26 doctorates.
At 10 a.m. degrees will be awarded to graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Communication and Fine Arts, the University College, the School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
A 2 p.m. ceremony will confer degrees on graduates of the Fogelman College of Business & Economics, the College of Education, the Herff College of Engineering and the Loewenberg School of Nursing.
Rep. Blackburn was elected to the Tennessee Senate in 1998, becoming the first woman to represent the state’s 23rd Senate District. In 2002 she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where she was one of only a few newly-elected representatives chosen to serve as assistant Republican whip. She was also the first woman in Tennessee elected in her own right to the U.S. House.
Blackburn’s 7th Congressional District stretches from Nashville to the Memphis suburbs. She serves on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, the oldest standing legislative committee in the House. In 2003 she founded the Congressional Songwriters Caucus to give the creative community access to Capitol Hill.
Although she is a graduate of Mississippi State University, Blackburn has been a strong supporter of the University of Memphis. She helped the Herff College of Engineering obtain a $1.5 million grant to establish a Center for Advanced Sensors. Blackburn also helped secure $5 million in funding for the Herff College’s Ground Water Institute, and she has given her unqualified support to the University’s Center for Earthquake Research and Information.
Blackburn has been a small business owner and has served on the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission.
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