For release: December 1, 2008
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Dr. Michael Hamrick, professor and interim dean of the College of Education at the
University of Memphis, will be the featured speaker during winter Commencement ceremonies
Saturday, Dec. 13, at FedExForum. The U of M will award a total of 1,350 degrees,
including 30 doctorates.
Dr. Michael Hamrick
In a 10 a.m. ceremony, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Communication
and Fine Arts, the University College, and the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will
At 2 p.m., commencement will be held for the Fogelman College of Business & Economics,
the College of Education, the Herff College of Engineering, the Loewenberg School
of Nursing, and the School of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology.
Hamrick has dedicated his entire career to the U of M. After earning his bachelor’s
and master’s degrees from then-Memphis State University, he joined the faculty as
an instructor in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences 42 years ago. Following
completion of his doctorate in health education from the University of Tennessee,
Hamrick returned to Memphis to serve as head of the Division of Health and Safety.
He taught most of the courses in the health education program, specializing in pedagogy,
health content, and assessment and evaluation.
Hamrick received the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1978 and 1990; he
has also been honored with the College of Education Earl Crader Award, the University
College Advising Award, and the Tennessee Scholar Award in Health, Physical Education,
Recreation and Dance.
Hamrick was named chair of the Department of Health and Sport Sciences in 2001 and
interim dean of the College of Education in 2007. His extensive service to the U
of M also includes leadership assignments on numerous departmental, college, and University
committees, councils, and task forces.
He has published in a number of professional journals and is co-author of the text
Wellness: Concepts and Applications, now in its seventh edition. In 2001, Hamrick was named a Fellow of the American
Association for Health Education.